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Duffer Name Meaning

English: probably of French origin an altered form of Dufer ‘of the iron’ (compare 2 below) or Dufour ‘of the oven’. This surname is very rare in Britain. French: variant of Dufer ‘of the iron’ and in North America probably also an altered form of this. This surname is very rare in France.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Huffer, Duffner, Duer, Dugger, Duffey, Ruffer, Fulfer, Ufer, Daffern

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Where is the Duffer family from?

You can see how Duffer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Duffer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Duffer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 9 Duffer families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Duffer's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Duffer families in 1911.
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What did your Duffer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Duffer. 25% of Duffer men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Duffer women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duffer were Salesman and Clerk. .

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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
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Duffer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Duffer 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 639 immigration records available for the last name Duffer. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Duffer. For the veterans among your Duffer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Duffer lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Duffer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Duffer in 1961 was 46, and 82 in 2004.

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