Shaft Family History

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Shaft Name Meaning

German (Schaft): metonymic occupational name for a maker of wooden shafts for tools or weapons, from Middle High German, Middle Low German schaft.

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

Similar surnames: Haft, Halt, Kraft, Saft, Shutt, Sanft, Ehart, Thaut, Shad, Haff

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Shaft Family Origin

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Shaft Family Occupations

What did your Shaft ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shaft. 7% of Shaft men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Shaft women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shaft were Clerk and Beauty Operator

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Beauty Operator

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Shaft Historical Records

What Shaft family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Shaft. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shaft 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 289 immigration records available for the last name Shaft. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Shaft. For the veterans among your Shaft ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shaft Life Expectancy

What is the average Shaft lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Shaft life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Shaft in 1960 was 55, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shaft

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shaft 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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