Hefner Family History

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Hefner Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a potter (see Hafner).

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

Similar surnames: Heffner, Hefter, Hafner, Hepner, Haefner, Kelner, Hofer, Hegner

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Hefner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hefner name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Hefner Family Origin

Where is the Hefner family from?

Hefner Family Occupations

What did your Hefner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Butcher and Sheomaker were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Hefner. The most common Hefner occupation in Canada was Butcher. 67% of Hefner's were Butchers.

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  • Butcher

  • Sheomaker


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

Hefner Historical Records

What Hefner family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Hefner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hefner 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Hefner. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Hefner. For the veterans among your Hefner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hefner Life Expectancy

What is the average Hefner lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Hefner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Hefner in 1943 was 32, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hefner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hefner 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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