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The Häffner surname comes from the Middle High German words "hafner," or "hafen," meaning "pot," or "dish." As such, Häffner was originally an occupational name for a potter.

Häffner Early Origins



The surname Häffner 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.

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Häffner Spelling Variations


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Häffner Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Haffner, Hafner, Haafner, Hafener, Haffener, Haeffner, Heffner, Haefner, Hefner, Haefeli (Swiss) and many more.

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Häffner Early History


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Häffner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Häffner 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 Häffner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Häffner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Häffner Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Häffner 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 Häffner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Häffner Settlers in United States in the 15th Century

  • Nicholas Haffner, who landed in St Clair County in 1403

Häffner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lisabeth Haffner, who arrived in Carolina in 1734
  • Magdalena Haffner, who arrived in Carolina in 1743
  • Hans Jacob Haffner came to Philadelphia in 1743
  • Dorothea Haffner, who arrived in America in 1743
  • Lorentz Haffner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Häffner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Haffner, who landed in Maryland in 1840
  • Caroline Haffner, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Lina Haffner, aged 2, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Martha Haffner, aged 26, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Otto Haffner, aged 8, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893

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Contemporary Notables of the name Häffner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Häffner (post 1700)



  • Reverend Debra W. Haffner (b. 1954), American co-founder and President of Religious Institute, Inc
  • Jeannine Haffner, American singer and songwriter who is credited with writing the song Yes We Can
  • Michael Arthur Haffner (b. 1942), American former professional NFL football player who played from 1968 to 1971
  • George Haffner, former American football player and coach
  • Scott Haffner (b. 1966), retired American professional basketball player, Horizon League Player of the Year (1989)
  • Major-General Charles Christian Haffner Jr. (1895-1979), American Commanding General 103rd Division, North-West Europe (1944-1945)
  • Ernst Haffner, German social worker, journalist, and novelist, known for his only novel Blood Brothers which was banned by the Nazis and subject to the 1933 Nazi book burnings
  • Sebastian Haffner (1907-1999), pseudonym of Raimund Pretzel, a German journalist and author who wrote almost exclusively about the history of the German Reich (1871-1945)
  • Wolfgang Haffner (b. 1965), German jazz drummer
  • Jean Georg Haffner (1777-1830), French physician, founder of the first spa located in Sopot
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    8. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    9. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

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