Shafter Family History

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Shafter Name Meaning

German: altered spelling of Schaffter. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Schaffter.

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

Similar surnames: Schaffer, Hauter, Shafer, Slauter, Shaffer, Santer, Halter, Shiffer

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Shafter Family Origin

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Shafter Family Occupations

What did your Shafter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shafter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Shafter's were Farmers. Farmer, Barber and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shafter. A less common occupation for the Shafter family was Dairyman.

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  • Farmer

  • Barber

  • Carpenter

  • Dairyman


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

Shafter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Shafter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shafter 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 307 immigration records available for the last name Shafter. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Shafter. For the veterans among your Shafter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shafter Life Expectancy

What is the average Shafter lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Shafter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Shafter in 1949 was 53, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shafter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shafter 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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