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Schaaf Name Meaning

German: metonymic occupational name for a shepherd, from Middle High German schaf ‘sheep’. In some cases it may have been a nickname for someone thought to resemble a sheep, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a sheep. Compare Schaap.

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

Similar surnames: Schaap, Schaab, Schaff, Schaar, Schaal, Schwan, Schaul, Schaub

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Where is the Schaaf family from?

You can see how Schaaf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schaaf family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Schaaf families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 23 Schaaf families living in Ontario. This was about 88% of all the recorded Schaaf's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Schaaf families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Schaaf surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Schaaf ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Schaaf. 60% of Schaaf men worked as a Farmer.

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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
  • Cabinet Maker

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Operator
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Schaaf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schaaf 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Schaaf. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Schaaf. For the veterans among your Schaaf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schaaf lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Schaaf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Schaaf in 1943 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

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