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Confer Name Meaning

Respelling of French Swiss Convers, literally ‘convert’, a surname which Morlet believes was probably bestowed on Jewish or other converts to Christianity. The form Confer occurs with great frequency in central PA, its spelling reflecting the German (or Dutch) pronunciation; it may have originated in Europe (five Confers are listed in the German telephone directory) or on arrival in the U.S. Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Kumpfer (see Compher).

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


Similar surnames: Cofer, Coffer, Conser, Conder, Cooper, Loner, Coover, Colfer, Hopfer

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Where is the Confer family from?

You can see how Confer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Confer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Confer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Confer families living in Ohio. This was about 45% of all the recorded Confer's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Confer families in 1840.
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What did your Confer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Confer. 28% of Confer men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Confer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Confer were Truck Driver and House Wife.

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

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Labor
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    23%
  • Housework
    10%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • House Wife
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 397 immigration records available for the last name Confer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Confer. For the veterans among your Confer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Confer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Confer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Confer in 1944 was 31, and 66 in 2004.

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