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

Heffner Early Origins



The surname Heffner 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.

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Heffner Spelling Variations


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Heffner Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Haffner, Hafner, Haafner, Hafener, Haffener, Haeffner, Heffner, Haefner, Hefner, Haefeli (Swiss) and many more.

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Heffner Early History


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Heffner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heffner 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 Heffner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heffner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heffner Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Heffner 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 Heffner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heffner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nickel Heffner, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Johan Geo Heffner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johann Heffner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Lorentz Heffner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752

Heffner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John G Heffner, who arrived in Maryland in 1810
  • Anton S Heffner, who landed in Colorado in 1882

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heffner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heffner (post 1700)



  • Kyle Troy Heffner, American television and film actor
  • Raymond Lorenzo Heffner (b. 1925), retired University Professor and former president of Brown University
  • Richard Douglas Heffner (1925-1956), American creator and host of The Open Mind, a public affairs television show first broadcast in 1956
  • William Heffner, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1867-69
  • Samuel F. Heffner, American politician, Mayor of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, 1953-55
  • George S. Heffner, American Republican politician, Mayor of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, 1953-56
  • George R. Heffner, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1900
  • Mrs. C. E. Heffner, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1940, 1944
  • A. Lloyd Heffner, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1920
  • Robert Frederic "Bob" Heffner (b. 1938), American Major League Baseball player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    11. ...

    The Heffner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heffner 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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