Heffelfinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Heffelfinger is Germanic in origin, and is derived from "Hafelfinger," the name of a town in Switzerland.

Early Origins of the Heffelfinger family

The surname Heffelfinger was first found in Basel-Land, Switzerland, where the family's ancestral home is located. It was a common practice of the time to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, the progenitor of the name Heffelfinger was likely a native of Hafelfinger who had moved to another city. The earliest known records of the name have been traced back to Dietgen, Basel-Land, where the Heffelfinger family was working as potters. The young Heffelfinger family played a major role in the history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of medieval Swiss society.

Early History of the Heffelfinger family

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Heffelfinger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Heffelfinger, Hefelfinger, Hafelfinger, Häfelfinger, Hefelinger, Heffelinger and many more.

Early Notables of the Heffelfinger family (pre 1700)

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United States Heffelfinger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heffelfinger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jacob Heffelfinger, aged 35, who immigrated to America, in 1908
  • Mary E. Heffelfinger, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Frank T. Heffelfinger, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Owen S. Heffelfinger, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1916
  • Fred Heffelfinger, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Heffelfinger (post 1700) +

  • David Heffelfinger, American television producer
  • Tom Heffelfinger, American former U.S. Attorney for Minnesota
  • Walter W. Heffelfinger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1904, 1908 [1]
  • Totten P. Heffelfinger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1936, 1940 [1]
  • Thomas B. Heffelfinger, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, 1991-93 [1]
  • Mrs. F. Peavey Heffelfinger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1944 [1]
  • Elizabeth E. Heffelfinger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1952, 1956, 1960; Secretary of Republican National Committee, 1960 [1]
  • Chris Heffelfinger, American independent researcher affiliated with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point
  • William W "Pudge" Heffelfinger (1867-1954), who became the first professional football player after receiving $500 for playing a game for the Duquesne Athletic Club of Pittsburgh


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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