Duffer Family History

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Duffer Name Meaning

In at least some cases it seems to be a variant of Irish Duffy. Perhaps a variant of South German Tüffer, a habitational name for someone from Tüffen in Switzerland or Tiefen (earlier Tüeffen) near Freiburg, place names based on Old High German tiufi ‘gorge’ or tuf, taf ‘bog’, ‘swamp’. Compare Duffner. Possibly an altered spelling of French Dufer, a nickname from du fer ‘(man) of iron’.

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

Similar surnames: Huffer, Duffner, Duer, Dugger, Duffey, Ruffer, Fulfer, Ufer, Daffern

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Duffer Family Origin

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Duffer Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Duffer occupation in the UK was Labourer. 50% of Duffer's were Labourers. Labourer and Shoe Maker were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Duffer.

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  • Labourer

  • Shoe Maker


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Duffer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Duffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Duffer 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 639 immigration records available for the last name Duffer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Duffer. For the veterans among your Duffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Duffer Life Expectancy

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Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Duffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Duffer in 1961 was 46, and 82 in 2004.

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