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The Haefner surname comes from the Middle High German words "hafner," or "hafen," meaning "pot," or "dish." As such, Haefner was originally an occupational name for a potter.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Haffner, Hafner, Haafner, Hafener, Haffener, Haeffner, Heffner, Haefner, Hefner, Haefeli (Swiss) and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haefner 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 Haefner History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 295 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haefner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Haefner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Haefner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Haefner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haefner 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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