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Kaufman Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Kaufmann and a variant of the same Jewish surname. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name Kaufman meaning ‘merchant’. Compare Koyfman Polish Czech Slovak and Slovenian: of German origin (see 1 above) often applied as a translation into German of corresponding Slavic occupational names or surnames.

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

Similar surnames: Kaufmann, Kauffman, Kurman, Laufman, Kalman, Karman, Bauman, Kamman

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Where is the Kaufman family from?

You can see how Kaufman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kaufman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kaufman families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 255 Kaufman families living in Ontario. This was about 84% of all the recorded Kaufman's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Kaufman families in 1911.
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What did your Kaufman ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Kaufman. 43% of Kaufman men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Kaufman women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kaufman were Merchant and Student. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son
  • Merchant

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Operator
  • Income
  • Clerk
  • Student
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Census Records

There are 161,000 census records available for the last name Kaufman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kaufman 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 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Kaufman. 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 28,000 military records available for the last name Kaufman. For the veterans among your Kaufman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kaufman lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kaufman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kaufman in 1944 was 18, and 78 in 2004.

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