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Schaffter Name Meaning

German (Schäffter): occupational name for a maker of wooden shafts for tools and weapons from an agent derivative of Middle High German Middle Low German schaft 'shaft spear lance’.

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

Similar surnames: Schaffer, Schaefer, Schiffer, Schaufler, Schaeffler, Schiffler

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Where is the Schaffter family from?

You can see how Schaffter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schaffter family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Schaffter families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2 Schaffter families living in Manitoba. This was about 67% of all the recorded Schaffter's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Schaffter families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Schaffter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Schaffter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Schaffter. 40% of Schaffter men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Schaffter women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schaffter were Pumper and 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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Pumper

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Type Setter
  • Farmer
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Schaffter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schaffter 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 341 immigration records available for the last name Schaffter. 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 206 military records available for the last name Schaffter. For the veterans among your Schaffter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schaffter lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Schaffter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Schaffter in 1957 was 47, and 79 in 2004.

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