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Pfeffer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German pfeffer, German Pfeffer ‘pepper’, a metonymic occupational name for a spicer; alternatively, it may be a nickname for a small man (as if the size of a peppercorn) or one with a fiery temper, or for a dark-haired person (from the color of a peppercorn) or anecdotal for someone who paid a peppercorn rent.

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


Similar surnames: Pepper, Pfeiffer, Peffer, Preiser, Feiner, Pfeiler, Proffer, Pfiffner

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Pfeffer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pfeffer name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    34%

  • Germanic Europe

    17%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    16%

  • European Jewish

    11%

  • Sweden

    3%

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Pfeffer Family Origin

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Pfeffer Family Occupations

What did your Pfeffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Pfeffer occupation in the UK was Egg & Fish Grocer Unemployed. 100% of Pfeffer's were Egg & Fish Grocer Unemployeds.

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  • Egg & Fish Grocer Unemployed

    100%

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Pfeffer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Pfeffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pfeffer 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Pfeffer. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Pfeffer. For the veterans among your Pfeffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pfeffer Life Expectancy

What is the average Pfeffer lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Pfeffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Pfeffer in 1948 was 50, and 78 in 2004.

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