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

Hefner Early Origins



The surname Hefner 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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Hefner Spelling Variations


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Hefner 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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Hefner Early History


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Hefner Early History



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

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Hefner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hefner Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Hefner 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 Hefner 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:

Hefner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Wolfgang Hefner landed in Philadelphia in 1752

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hefner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hefner (post 1700)



  • Keith Hefner (1929-2016), American actor, composer and author, brother of Hugh Hefner
  • James A. Hefner (1941-2015), American educator, President of Tennessee State University from 1991 to 2005
  • Willie Gathrel Hefner (1930-2009), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 8th District, 1975-99; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996
  • William K. Hefner, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 1962
  • Theodore G. Hefner, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Denver, Colorado, 1956-62 (acting, 1956-57)
  • Robert Alexander Hefner (b. 1874), American Democrat politician, Justice of Oklahoma State Supreme Court, 1927-36
  • Robert A. Hefner, American politician, Mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1939-47
  • John R. Hefner, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 19th District, 1920, 1922, 1924
  • Edward Claude Hefner, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from White County, 1935-36
  • Christie Hefner, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980
  • ... (Another 4 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. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 11 April 2016 at 13:19.

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