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Where did the German Kieferl family come from? What is the German Kieferl family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kieferl family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kieferl family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kiefer, Kiefner, Kufer, Kufler, Kufner, Kuffner, Kaufner, Kief, Kifer, Kieffer, Kieferle, Kieferl, Kiferlin, Kiever, Kiver, Kiverle, Kiverli, Kieferli, Kiffer, Kyfer, Kyefer, Kyffer, Kyferle and many more.

First found in Silesia, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. As an occupational name, the name was derived from the German word "dial" which means "copper." The German word "kufe" means "Barrel" and as such, the name is a cognitive of the English name "Cooper." Alternatively, the name could have been a topographic name for someone who lived in a pine forest, derived from the German word "Kiefer" which means "pine."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kieferl research. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1265, 1293, 1381, and 1397 are included under the topic Early Kieferl History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kieferl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Wilhelm Kieffer, who arrived in New York with his wife Catharine and three children in 1709; Johann Leonhardt Kieffer, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1732.

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The Kieferl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kieferl 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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