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Farber Surname Meaning

German (mainly Färber) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a dyer from Middle High German varwer (an agent derivative of varwe ‘color’) or from Yiddish farber. Compare Faerber .

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

Similar surnames: Garber, Barber, Karber, Arber, Farver, Ferber, Faber, Farb, Marder

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Where is the Farber family from?

You can see how Farber families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Farber family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Farber families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 45 Farber families living in London. This was about 26% of all the recorded Farber's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Farber families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Farber surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Farber ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, French Polisher and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Farber. 34% of Farber men worked as a French Polisher and 90% of Farber women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Farber were Butcher and Domestic Duties Unpaid. .

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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 1939

  • French Polisher
  • Ladies Tailoring Machines
  • General Labourer
  • Butcher

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Dressmaker
  • Domestic Duties Unpaid
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Census Records

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Farber. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Farber 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Farber. 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 Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Farber. For the veterans among your Farber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Farber lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Farber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Farber in 1943 was 38, and 80 in 2004.

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