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Where did the German Hafele family come from? What is the German Hafele family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hafele family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hafele family history?The Hafele surname comes from the Middle High German words "hafner," or "hafen," meaning "pot," or "dish." As such, Hafele was originally an occupational name for a potter.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Haffner, Hafner, Haafner, Hafener, Haffener, Haeffner, Heffner, Haefner, Hefner, Haefeli (Swiss) and many more.
First found in Austria and southern Bavaria, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early modern Europe. The family became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses. These played important roles in local political conflicts, in which each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention Hugo Hafinare of Constance in the year 1158, Uli Hafner (Haefeli) of the Aargau region in 1490, and Hueglin Haffner of Kirchheim in 1406. Chronicles also mention an ancient branch of the family whose members were knights of the Kingdom of Styria from 1310 to 1478.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hafele research. Another 368 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1629, 1630, 1631, 1735, 1741, 1759, 1776, 1782, 1833, and 1861 are included under the topic Early Hafele History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hafele Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hafele Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Hafele Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Hafele Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hafele Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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