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Kaufman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: German , Jewish

The distinguished surname Kaufman is a proud symbol of a Jewish culture, which is found in many places world-wide. In the Middle Ages, it became necessary to adopt surnames, since people were moving closer together, and it was becoming difficult to distinguish between people with the same names. The surname Kaufman is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. This surname was given to a banker, pawnbroker, or usurer. It derives from the German word lehenen, which means to lend.

Migration of the Kaufman family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kaufman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Kaufman, who arrived in America in 1749

Kaufman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Kaufman, aged 25, who landed in America from Lukawic, Galicia, in 1893
  • Abram Kaufman, aged 32, who landed in America from Wilna, Germany, in 1893
  • Alina Kaufman, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1894

Kaufman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Kaufman, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States from Switzerland, in 1903
  • Abram Kaufman, aged 10, who landed in America from Bucarest, Roumania, in 1906
  • Ada Kaufman, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Berlin, Germany, in 1907
  • Alexander Kaufman, aged 19, who settled in America from Aleksander, Russia, in 1908
  • Abrahm Kaufman, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from Witebsk, Russia, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kaufman (post 1700)

  • Irving Robert Kaufman (1910-1992), United States Federal judge and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • George S Kaufman (1889-1961), American Pulitzer Prize (1937) winning playwright
  • First Sergeant Benjamin Kaufman (1894-1981), American Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor and the Croix de Guerre
  • Andrew Geoffrey "Andy" Kaufman (1949-1984), American comedian and actor who began his career by starting his act with an outrageously bad performance and would then launch into an Elvis Presley impersonation so good that Elvis Presley himself described it as his favorite
  • Andy Kaufman (1949-1984), American comedian and actor
  • Philip Kaufman (b. 1936), multiple award-winning American film director, writer, and producer perhaps best known for the movie "The Right Stuff", which won four Academy Awards, five other awards, and an additional eleven nominations. He also directed the cult classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
  • Nikolay Yankov Kaufman (1925-2018), Bulgarian musicologist, folklorist and composer
  • Sir Gerald Bernard Kaufman (1930-2017), British Labour politician, Father of the House of Commons (2015-2017), Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee (1992-2005), Shadow Foreign Secretary (1987-1992)
  • Boris Kaufman (1906-1980), Polish cinematographer who won an Academy Award for his first Hollywood feature film 'On the Waterfront' in 1954
  • Kaufman Geist (b. 1895), American Olympic track and field athlete at the 1920 Summer Olympics

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