Hafner Family History

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Hafner Name Meaning

South German and Austrian: occupational name for a potter, Middle High German hafner, an agent derivative of Middle High German hafen ‘pot’, ‘dish’. This is the normal term for the occupation in southeastern Germany and Austria, and the German surname is found mainly in this area, also in Slovenia.

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

Similar surnames: Hahner, Haefner, Hafler, Haffer, Hafer, Hader, Hefner, Harner, Kasner

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Hafner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hafner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hafner. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Hafner Family Origin

Where is the Hafner family from?

Hafner Family Occupations

What did your Hafner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Hafner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Hafner's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Hafner family was Keeping House. Farmer, Tailor and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hafner.

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  • Farmer

  • Tailor

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hafner ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hafner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Hafner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hafner 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Hafner. 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 Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Hafner. For the veterans among your Hafner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hafner Life Expectancy

What is the average Hafner lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hafner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hafner in 1944 was 28, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hafner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hafner ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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