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

Heft Early Origins



The surname Heft 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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Heft Spelling Variations


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Heft 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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Heft Early History


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Heft Early History



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

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Heft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heft Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Heft 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 Heft 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:

Heft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joh Peter Heft, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heft (post 1700)



  • Robert G. Heft (1942-2009), American designer of the 50-star American Flag and served as mayor of Napoleon, Ohio for 28 years
  • John Heft Jr. (1893-1988), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Killingworth, 1939-40
  • Francis J. Heft (1911-1999), American politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1947-66
  • Charles A. Heft, American Republican politician, Mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, 1940-51; Defeated, 1951

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Heft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heft 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 22 December 2015 at 07:58.

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