Kaufman Family History

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Kaufman Name Meaning

Respelling of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Kaufmann. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name Kaufman, Yiddish koyfman, meaning ‘merchant’.

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

Similar surnames: Kaufmann, Kauffman, Kurman, Laufman, Kalman, Karman, Bauman, Kamman

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Kaufman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kaufman name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kaufman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Kaufman Family Origin

Where is the Kaufman family from?

Kaufman Family Occupations

What did your Kaufman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Kaufman family was Carpenter & Joiner. The most common Kaufman occupation in the UK was Tailor. 17% of Kaufman's were Tailors. Tailor, Slipper Maker and Cabinet Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kaufman.

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  • Tailor

  • Slipper Maker

  • Cabinet Maker

  • Carpenter & Joiner


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

Kaufman Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 161,000 census records available for the last name Kaufman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kaufman 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 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Kaufman. 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 28,000 military records available for the last name Kaufman. For the veterans among your Kaufman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kaufman Life Expectancy

What is the average Kaufman lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kaufman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kaufman in 1944 was 18, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kaufman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kaufman 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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