Heft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Heft family

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.

Important Dates for the Heft family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heft research. Another 231 words (16 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.

Heft 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 Heft family (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 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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Heft migration to the United States

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 [1]

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 [2]
  • Francis J. Heft (1911-1999), American politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1947-66 [2]
  • Charles A. Heft, American Republican politician, Mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, 1940-51; Defeated, 1951 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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