The Haafner surname comes from the Middle High German words "hafner," or "hafen," meaning "pot," or "dish." As such, Haafner was originally an occupational
name for a potter.
Early Origins of the Haafner family
The surname Haafner was 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.
Early History of the Haafner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haafner research.Another 461 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1629, 1631, 1741, 1630, 1640, 1702, 1735, 1764, 1861, 1759, 1833, 1776 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Haafner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Haafner Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Haffner, Hafner, Haafner, Hafener, Haffener, Haeffner, Heffner, Haefner, Hefner, Haefeli (Swiss) and many more.
Early Notables of the Haafner family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Haafner were Enrico Haffner (1640-1702), an Italian painter of quadratura during the Baroque period, his father was from Switzerland
. Phillip Hafner (1735-1764), was an Austrian
lawyer who later became a dramatist. His numerous plays introduced good-humored farce to Viennese comedy and their influence... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haafner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Haafner family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nickel Heffner, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738. Hans Jacob Haffner came to Philadelphia in 1743; while Friedrich Hafner arrived in 1748. Wolfgang Hefner landed in Philadelphia in 1752.