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Sheaffer Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Schäffer (see Schaffer ).

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


Similar surnames: Shaffer, Sheffer, Scheaffer, Shaeffer, Shafer, Shiffer, Shaffner

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Where is the Sheaffer family from?

You can see how Sheaffer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sheaffer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Sheaffer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 88 Sheaffer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 86% of all the recorded Sheaffer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sheaffer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sheaffer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sheaffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sheaffer. 20% of Sheaffer men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Sheaffer women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sheaffer were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Sheaffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheaffer 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 535 immigration records available for the last name Sheaffer. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Sheaffer. For the veterans among your Sheaffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sheaffer lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Sheaffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sheaffer in 1952 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

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