Shaffer Family History

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Shaffer Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Schaffer ‘steward’ or of Schaefer ‘shepherd’.

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

Similar surnames: Shafer, Shaefer, Shaeffer, Sheffer, Sheaffer, Schaffer, Shaffner

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Shaffer Family Origin

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Shaffer Family Occupations

What did your Shaffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Cabinet Maker and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Shaffer. 40% of Shaffer men worked as a Cabinet Maker

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Cabinet Maker
  • Carpenter
  • Furrier
  • Tailors Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Shaffer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 235,000 census records available for the last name Shaffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shaffer 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Shaffer. 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 55,000 military records available for the last name Shaffer. For the veterans among your Shaffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shaffer Life Expectancy

What is the average Shaffer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Shaffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Shaffer in 1940 was 73, and 75 in 2004.

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