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Shaffer Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Schäffer (see Schaffer ) Schaffer 1 or Schäfer (see Schaefer ). Americanized form of Hungarian Sáfár Slovenian and Croatian Šafar or Šafer Czech Šafář or Šafer Slovak Šafár in part cognates of names in 1 above (see Safar ) or of their Germanized form Schaffer Compare Shafer

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

Similar surnames: Shafer, Shaefer, Shaeffer, Sheffer, Sheaffer, Schaffer, Shaffner

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Where is the Shaffer family from?

You can see how Shaffer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shaffer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shaffer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 333 Shaffer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Shaffer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Shaffer families in 1840.
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What did your Shaffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shaffer. 17% of Shaffer men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Shaffer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shaffer were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Shaffer. 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 Cards

There are 55,000 military records available for the last name Shaffer. For the veterans among your Shaffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shaffer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Shaffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Shaffer in 1940 was 73, and 75 in 2004.

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