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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shaffer

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  • A user from Georgia, United States says the name Shaffer is of German origin and means "Manager or steward of a household".
Other origins: English

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  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Shaffer

Ne-Yo is a contemporary r&b, hip hop soul, dance-pop, and europop musician. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Ne-Yo was given the name Shaffer Chimere Smith on October 18th, 1979 in Camden, Arkansas, U.S. Ne-Yo is also known as Go Go.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Shaffer

Atticus Shaffer is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Atticus was born on June 27th, 1998 in Santa Clarita, California, United States.


Paul Shaffer is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, actor, comedian, and author. His most notable accomplishments were from 1972 to present. Paul was given the name Paul Allen Wood Shaffer on November 28th, 1949 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


James Shaffer is a nu metal, alternative metal, and funk metal musician. He plays Ibanez K7, Ibanez Apex, and Ibanez. He was most active from 1989 to present. James was given the name James Christian Shaffer on June 6th, 1970 in Bakersfield, California, United States. James is also known as Munky and Munk.


Sir Peter Shaffer is a playwright and screenwriter. Peter was given the name Peter Levin Shaffer on May 15th, 1926 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK.


Alex Shaffer is an actor. He was most active from 2010 to 2010. Alex was born in 1993 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Alex is also known as Gonzaga and Alex.


Anthony Shaffer was a writer. Anthony was given the name Anthony Joshua Shaffer on May 15th, 1926 in Liverpool. He left this life on November 6th, 2001.


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Popularity of Shaffer as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shaffer U.S.
  White 93.08% 64.26%
  African American 2.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.92% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shaffer

People with the last name Shaffer are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Shaffer

  • How Popular is the name Shaffer? Shaffer is the 49,705th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shaffer was the 560th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shaffer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 43 babies born with the first name Shaffer in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shaffer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shaffer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shaffer is Thursday, September 19th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Shaffer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shaffer was in 2002 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Shaffer: Your name in reverse order is Reffahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fhsfrae. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shaffer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 59,943 people with the last name Shaffer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shaffer? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 20 of them will have Shaffer 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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