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Defer Name Meaning

French: from de fer ‘of iron’; probably a nickname for someone who was immoveable, inflexible, or remarkably tough.

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

Similar surnames: Deger, Duffer, Demey, Lemer, Beger, Eber, Rener, Defee, Denyer, Keer

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Where is the Defer family from?

You can see how Defer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Defer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Defer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 8 Defer families living in Quebec. This was about 89% of all the recorded Defer's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Defer families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Defer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Defer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Defer. 38% of Defer men worked as a Laborer and 37% of Defer women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Defer were Mechanic and Stenographer.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Mechanic

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
  • Waitress
  • Bookkeeper
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Defer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Defer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 337 immigration records available for the last name Defer. 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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Draft Cards

There are 622 military records available for the last name Defer. For the veterans among your Defer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Defer lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Defer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Defer in 1957 was 49, and 63 in 2004.

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