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Steffen Name Meaning

Dutch, North German, and English: from the personal name Steffen, a vernacular form of Latin Stephanus (see Steven).

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

Similar surnames: Steffey, Steffek, Steven, Steffes, Steffens, Steff, Steffl, Steen

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Where is the Steffen family from?

You can see how Steffen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Steffen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Steffen families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Steffen family living in Illinois. This was 100% of all the recorded Steffen's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Steffen families in 1840.
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What did your Steffen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Steffen. 23% of Steffen men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Steffen women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Steffen were Farm Laborer 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Steffen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Steffen 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Steffen. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Steffen. For the veterans among your Steffen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Steffen lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Steffen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Steffen in 1944 was 42, and 78 in 2004.

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