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in the U.S.
since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shafer

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Alt. Meaning

S is for serene, your calm time.

H is for hope, the encouragement you give.

A is for amenable, for your easy going nature.

F is for fun, your zest for life!

E is for enthusiasm, in even the most dire circumstances

R is for romp, you know how to have fun!

Notable Persons Named Shafer

Shafer Suggs is a football player for the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Montreal Alouettes, and New Jersey Generals. He was most active from 1976 to 1980. Shafer was born on April 28th, 1953 in Elkhart, Indiana.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Shafer

Uncle Kracker is a rock music, alternative rock, rap rock, pop rock, and country music musician, singer-songwriter, and disc jockey. He plays Lead vocalist, Turntablism, and Guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to 1987. Uncle was given the name Matthew Shafer on June 6th, 1974 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.


Ross Shafer is a comedian, television host, business author, and keynote speaker. Ross was born in McMinnville, Oregon.


Scott was born on January 6th, 1967.


Robert was given the name Robert Ray Shafer Jr. on April 10th, 1958 in Charleston, West Virginia.


Dirk Shafer was a model, actor, screenwriter, and director. Dirk was born on November 7th, 1962 in Carbondale, Illinois. He passed away on March 5th, 2015.


Raymond P. Shafer was a Governor of Pennsylvania and Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to 1971. His military service ended in 1945. Raymond was given the name Raymond Philip Shafer on March 5th, 1917 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He passed away on December 12th, 2006.


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Popularity of Shafer as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shafer U.S.
  White 94.16% 64.26%
  African American 0.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.45% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.61% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.20% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shafer

People with the last name Shafer are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Shafer

  • How Popular is the name Shafer? Shafer is the 34,124th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shafer was the 1,379th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shafer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 119 babies born with the first name Shafer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shafer to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shafer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1990 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Shafer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shafer is Friday, March 4th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Shafer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shafer was in 1994 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Shafer: Your name in reverse order is Refahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fahsre. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shafer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 25,641 people with the last name Shafer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shafer? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Shafer as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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