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Gaffner Name Meaning

Swiss German: topographic name found mainly in the Valais canton denoting someone who lived in an Alpine hut or shelter from Romansh Gafene ‘large basket Alpine dairy hut’.

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


Similar surnames: Gaffney, Geffner, Gassner, Garner, Hafner, Gafner, Saffer, Deffner

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Where is the Gaffner family from?

You can see how Gaffner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gaffner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gaffner families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 3 Gaffner families living in Ontario. This was about 60% of all the recorded Gaffner's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gaffner families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gaffner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gaffner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gaffner. 58% of Gaffner men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Gaffner women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gaffner were Manager 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

  • Farmer
    58%
  • Salesman
    20%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Manager
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    43%
  • Saleslady
    29%
  • Stenographer
    29%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Gaffner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gaffner 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 189 immigration records available for the last name Gaffner. 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 226 military records available for the last name Gaffner. For the veterans among your Gaffner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gaffner lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2003, in the United States, Gaffner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Gaffner in 1962 was 68, and 84 in 2003.

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