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Scherf Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German, Middle Low German scherf, a coin worth half a penny, possibly applied as a nickname for a poor person. German: nickname from Middle High German scharpf, scherf ‘sharp’, ‘rough’, ‘eager’. German: habitational name from places in the Rhineland named Scherf, or from Scherfede near Warburg.

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


Similar surnames: Scher, Ascher, Schorr, Scharf, Schenk, Scheid, Schur, Scheff, Schopf

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Where is the Scherf family from?

You can see how Scherf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Scherf family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Scherf families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 8 Scherf families living in Ontario. This was about 62% of all the recorded Scherf's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Scherf families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Scherf surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Scherf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Scherf. 16% of Scherf men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Scherf women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Scherf were Clerk and New Worker. .

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    19%
  • Clerk
    14%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • New Worker
    8%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Scherf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Scherf 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 Scherf. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Scherf. For the veterans among your Scherf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Scherf lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Scherf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Scherf in 1951 was 57, and 80 in 2004.

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