Shafter name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Shafter mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Shafter

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International Interest
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Alt. Meaning

S is for select, as few are chosen.

H is for heart, warm and loving.

A is for adorable, how precious

F is for feeling, your sympathetic way.

T is for time, you give to friends.

E is for early, promptness is a virtue

R is for realist, the way you are.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shafter

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shafter

William Rufus Shafter

William Rufus Shafter is a military person. His military service ended in 1901.

James Macmillan Shafter

James was born in 1816. He left this life in 1892.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shafter U.S.
  White 83.33% 64.26%
  African American 10.96% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shafter

People with the last name Shafter are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Shafter

  • How Popular is the name Shafter? Shafter is the 35,168th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shafter was the 82,613th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shafter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 119 babies born with the first name Shafter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shafter 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 Shafter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1898 when it was given as a first name to 14 new born babies.
  • When was Shafter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shafter is Thursday, November 15th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Shafter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shafter was in 1898 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Random Shafter Factoid: According to the 1935 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shafter is not a popular baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kentucky have the same name in 1935.
  • Weird things about the name Shafter: The name spelled backwards is Retfahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Hesrtfa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shafter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 228 people with the last name Shafter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shafter? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shafter as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Shafter name meaning

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