Shaeffer Family History

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Shaeffer Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Schaffer.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Shaffer, Sheffer, Shaefer, Shafer, Sheaffer, Sheffler, Shiffer

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Shaeffer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shaeffer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Shaeffer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Shaeffer Family Origin

Where is the Shaeffer family from?

Shaeffer Family Occupations

What did your Shaeffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shaeffer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Shaeffer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Shaeffer family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shaeffer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Shaeffer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Shaeffer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Shaeffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shaeffer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 813 immigration records available for the last name Shaeffer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Shaeffer. For the veterans among your Shaeffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shaeffer Life Expectancy

What is the average Shaeffer lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Shaeffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Shaeffer in 1953 was 32, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shaeffer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shaeffer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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