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Leifer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Laufer 2. German: habitational name from a place called Leiferde, of which there are two examples in Lower Saxony.

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


Similar surnames: Seifer, Reifer, Leiter, Leiser, Leiner, Laufer, Leier, Leimer, Peiser

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Where is the Leifer family from?

You can see how Leifer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Leifer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Leifer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 5 Leifer families living in Manitoba. This was about 50% of all the recorded Leifer's in Canada. Manitoba and 1 other province had the highest population of Leifer families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Leifer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Leifer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Leifer. 18% of Leifer men worked as a Salesman and 22% of Leifer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Leifer were Proprietor and Teacher.

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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

  • Salesman
    18%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Proprietor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    22%
  • Secretary
    17%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Leifer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leifer 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Leifer. 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 972 military records available for the last name Leifer. For the veterans among your Leifer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Leifer lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Leifer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Leifer in 1956 was 56, and 69 in 2004.

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