Scharf Family History

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Scharf Name Meaning

South German: nickname for an energetic, active person, from Middle High German scharf, scharpf ‘sharp-cutting’.

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

Similar surnames: Scherf, Sharf, Schaaf, Schaff, Schorr, Schwarm, Schlaff, Schatz

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Scharf Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Scharf name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Scharf. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Scharf Family Origin

Where is the Scharf family from?

Scharf Family Occupations

What did your Scharf ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Scharf family was Laborer. Farmer, Farmer Son and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Scharf. The most common Scharf occupation in Canada was Farmer. 59% of Scharf's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmer Son

  • Going To School

  • Laborer


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

Scharf Historical Records

What Scharf family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Scharf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Scharf 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 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Scharf. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Scharf. For the veterans among your Scharf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Scharf Life Expectancy

What is the average Scharf lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Scharf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Scharf in 1942 was 46, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Scharf

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Scharf 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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