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The SCHAFER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 23,804 1366 0.009 88
United States (1880 census) 4,916 1261 0.01 98
Change since 1880 +18888 -105 -0.001 -10
Other Countries
Australia 710 2281 0.004 43
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for SCHAFER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Michigan 2,412 366 0.024 243
California 1,821 1717 0.005 54
Ohio 1,635 744 0.014 144
Illinois 1,206 977 0.010 97
Pennsylvania 1,169 1136 0.010 95
Top States for SCHAFER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Dakota 428 86 0.067 666
Michigan 2,412 366 0.024 243
Minnesota 998 413 0.020 203
Colorado 865 551 0.020 201
Nebraska 337 426 0.020 197


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called SCHAFER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called SCHAFER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called SCHAFER in Michigan than any other state, but you are more likely to find a SCHAFER by picking someone at random in North Dakota than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of SCHAFER

Region of origin: Europe

Country of origin: Germany

Language of origin: German

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the SCHAFER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of SCHAFER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 300 1.26
Mixed Race 243 1.02
Asian/Pacific 93 0.39
Native American/Alaskan 93 0.39
Black/African American 71 0.3
White (Caucasian) 23,004 96.64

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the SCHAFER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of SCHAFER in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of SCHAFER.

Similar names to SCHAFER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as SCHAFER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for SCHAFER

The following words are slight variants of SCHAFER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.