Kiefer Family History

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Kiefer Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a cooper or the overseer of a wine cellar, from an agent derivative of Middle High German kuofe ‘vat’, ‘barrel’ (from Latin cupa). from an agent derivative of Middle High German kiffen ‘to quarrel’, hence a nickname for a bickerer. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Kiefer ‘pine tree’. This word, which is first attested in the early 15th century, is a blend of kien and forhe, both meaning ‘pine’. The two elements still have a separate existence: kieboom is the Dutch term for a pine tree, while in many parts of Germany the word for the tree is Föhre.

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

Similar surnames: Kipfer, Kieser, Kieper, Bieber, Kipper, Kupfer, Kuefler, Kifer

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Kiefer Ethnicity Estimate

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Kiefer Family Origin

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Kiefer Family Occupations

What did your Kiefer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Kiefer occupation in the UK was Baker Confectioner. 50% of Kiefer's were Baker Confectioners. Baker Confectioner and Watchmaker were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Kiefer.

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  • Baker Confectioner

  • Watchmaker


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Kiefer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Kiefer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kiefer 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Kiefer. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Kiefer. For the veterans among your Kiefer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kiefer Life Expectancy

What is the average Kiefer lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kiefer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kiefer in 1942 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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