Häfner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Häfner family

The surname Häfner 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.

Important Dates for the Häfner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Häfner research. Another 231 words (16 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 Häfner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Häfner Spelling Variations

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 Häfner family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Häfner 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 was felt well into the next century. Otto Titan von Hefner, the son of Georg von Hefner, became famous as an authority on heraldry and related studies. In...
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Häfner migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Häfner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Friedrich Hafner, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1748
  • Friedrich Hafner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Frederick Hafner, who landed in Maryland in 1749 [1]
  • John Michael Hafner, who arrived in Maryland in 1749 [1]
  • John George Hafner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]
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Häfner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Jacob Hafner, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • John G Hafner, who arrived in Maryland in 1810 [1]
  • Leonard Hafner, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Charles Hafner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1851 [1]
  • Johann Melchior Hafner, who arrived in America in 1852 [1]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Häfner (post 1700)

  • Francis R. Hafner (1867-1957), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher for the Kansas City Cowboys in 1888
  • Anton Hafner, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 204 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Reinhard Häfner (1952-2016), German footballer and coach
  • Ludwig Häfner (1921-1942), German Luftwaffe ace credited with 52 aerial victories, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Josef Anton Hafner (1709-1756), German painter
  • Anton "Toni" Hafner (1918-1944), German former Luftwaffe fighter ace, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II
  • Ludwig Häfner, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 52 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Sabina Hafner (b. 1984), Swiss silver and bronze medalist bobsledder
  • Ingrid Hafner (1936-1994), British actress, daughter of Raoul Hafner
  • Edo Hafner (b. 1955), retired Slovenian professional ice hockey player
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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)
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