The Hafele surname comes from the Middle High German words "hafner," or "hafen," meaning "pot," or "dish." As such, Hafele was originally an occupational
name for a potter.
Early Origins of the Hafele family
The surname Hafele 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.
Early History of the Hafele family
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Hafele 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 Hafele family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Hafele 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 Hafele Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hafele family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hafele Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Richarda Hafele, who arrived in Venezuela in 1842 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Hafele Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Magdalena Hafele, aged 27, who settled in America from Mulhausen, in 1904
- Georg Hafele, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Salzburg, Austria, in 1907
- Charles Hafele, aged 44, who settled in America, in 1907
- Christine Hafele, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Heflinger, Germany, in 1907
- Emilie Hafele, aged 4, who landed in America from Heflinger, Germany, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hafele (post 1700)
- Joseph Carl Hafele (1933-2014), American physicist best known for the Hafele-Keating experiment, a test of Einstein's theory of relativity
- Anna Häfele (b. 1989), German ski jumper
- Mathias Hafele (b. 1983), Austrian ski jumper