Heafner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Heafner surname comes from the Middle High German words "hafner," or "hafen," meaning "pot," or "dish." As such, Heafner was originally an occupational name for a potter.
Early Origins of the Heafner family
The surname Heafner 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 Heafner family
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Heafner 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 Heafner family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Heafner 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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Heafner migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Heafner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Louis Heafner, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1884 
Contemporary Notables of the name Heafner (post 1700)
- Vance Heafner (1954-2012), American PGA professional golfer
- ^ 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)