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Shaver Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Schaefer ‘shepherd’. Americanized form of Slovenian Šaver (see Saver ). Americanized form of Dutch Schaver ‘carpenter’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Shover, Shawver, Haver, Schave, Shafer, Shaner, Skiver, Siever

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Where is the Shaver family from?

You can see how Shaver families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shaver family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shaver families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 201 Shaver families living in New York. This was about 45% of all the recorded Shaver's in USA. New York had the highest population of Shaver families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shaver surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shaver ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shaver. 22% of Shaver men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Shaver women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shaver were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 94,000 census records available for the last name Shaver. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shaver census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Shaver. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Shaver. For the veterans among your Shaver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shaver lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Shaver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Shaver in 1942 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

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