Shaeffer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished surname Shaeffer is German in origin. It is derived from the Middle High German term "schaffaere," which referred to the manager or steward of a household.

Early Origins of the Shaeffer family

The surname Shaeffer was first found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Important Dates for the Shaeffer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shaeffer research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1813, 1787, 1425, 1503, 1451, 1624 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Shaeffer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shaeffer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schaeffers, Schaefer, Scheaffer, Schaefers, Schaffer, Schafer, Shaeffer, Schefer, Shaefer and many more.

Early Notables of the Shaeffer family (pre 1700)

Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Shaeffer were Peter Schöffer (c.1425-c.1503), an early German printer, and worked as a manuscript copyist in 1451; Angelus Silesius or Johann Angelus...
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Shaeffer migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shaeffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Martin Shaeffer, who arrived in New England in 1753 [1]
  • John Shaeffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • George Shaeffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Johannes Shaeffer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Shaeffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Shaeffer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [1]
  • Walter Shaeffer, aged 27, who landed in Missouri in 1839 [1]
  • Philip Shaeffer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843 [1]
  • Adam Shaeffer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 [1]
  • Henry Shaeffer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Shaeffer (post 1700)

  • Carl Edgel Shaeffer (1924-1974), American professional NBA basketball player for the Indianapolis Olympians (1949-1950)
  • Arling Shaeffer (1859-1943), American composer and arranger, known for his books, Elite Mandolin Instructor (1891) and the Elite Guitar Instructor (1895)
  • Frederick Shaeffer, American co-head football coach for the Fordham University Rams in 1897
  • Lafayette Shaeffer (1849-1932), American Democrat politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives, 1915 [2]
  • George B. Shaeffer, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1932 1940 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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