Sheffer Family History

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Sheffer Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Schaefer. Americanized spelling of German Scheffer.

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

Similar surnames: Sheffler, Scheffer, Shaffer, Shiffer, Shaeffer, Sheaffer, Shafter

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Sheffer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sheffer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sheffer. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Sheffer Family Origin

Where is the Sheffer family from?

Sheffer Family Occupations

What did your Sheffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Sheffer family was Keeping House. The most common Sheffer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Sheffer's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sheffer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House


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

Sheffer Historical Records

What Sheffer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Sheffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheffer 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Sheffer. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Sheffer. For the veterans among your Sheffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sheffer Life Expectancy

What is the average Sheffer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Sheffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Sheffer in 1944 was 21, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sheffer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sheffer 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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