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

Heftel Early Origins



The surname Heftel 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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Heftel Early History


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Heftel Early History



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

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Heftel Spelling Variations


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Heftel 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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Heftel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heftel Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nickel Heffner, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738. Hans Jacob Haffner came to Philadelphia in 1743; while Friedrich Hafner arrived in 1748. Wolfgang Hefner landed in Philadelphia in 1752.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heftel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heftel (post 1700)



  • Cecil Landau Heftel (1924-2010), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Hawaii, 1970; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 1972; U.S. Representative from Hawaii 1st District, 1977-86 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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