Schaefer Family History

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Schaefer Name Meaning

German (Schäfer) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a shepherd, from an agent derivative of German Schaf, Middle High German schaf ‘sheep’. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe.

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

Similar surnames: Schaffer, Schiefer, Schiffer, Schaffter, Scharrer, Schadler, Scheler

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Schaefer Family Origin

Where is the Schaefer family from?

Schaefer Family Occupations

What did your Schaefer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Bird Cage Maker, Dyer and Labourer In Iron Works were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schaefer. A less common occupation for the Schaefer family was Mathematrial Instrument Maker. The most common Schaefer occupation in the UK was Bird Cage Maker. 14% of Schaefer's were Bird Cage Makers.

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  • Bird Cage Maker

  • Dyer

  • Labourer In Iron Works

  • Mathematrial Instrument Maker


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

Schaefer Historical Records

What Schaefer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 135,000 census records available for the last name Schaefer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schaefer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Schaefer

Passenger List

There are 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Schaefer. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Schaefer. For the veterans among your Schaefer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schaefer Life Expectancy

What is the average Schaefer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Schaefer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Schaefer in 1940 was 40, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Schaefer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schaefer 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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