Show ContentsHufnagel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Hufnagel lie in the kingdom of Bavaria. The name is made up of two elements, "huf," meaning "hoof," and "nagel," meaning "nail," and was most likely originally borne by a farrier, a maker and fitter of horseshoes.

Early Origins of the Hufnagel family

The surname Hufnagel was first found in Nuremburg and Munich, where the name seemed to be concentrated during its early years. The earliest known bearer of the name was Andreas Hufnagel, who lived in Bavaria in 1280. The Low German variation of the name, Hofnagel, could be found during this period in the northern regions of Schleswig-Holstein and Pomerania; Joh. Hofnagel was recorded to be living in Rostock in 1285. The young Hufnagel family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval German society.

Early History of the Hufnagel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hufnagel research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1285, 1387, 1430, 1490, 1545, 1600, 1688 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Hufnagel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hufnagel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hufnagel, Huffnagel, Hofnagel, Hoffnagel, Hoofnagle, Hofnagle, Hoffnagle, Hufnagle and many more.

Early Notables of the Hufnagel family

Prominent among members of the name Hufnagel in this period include

  • Heinrich Hufnagel (1430-1490), a goldsmith, Georg Höfnagel (1545-1600), a well-known painter, and Theodorich Huffnagel (b. 1701), a Jesuit priest

Hufnagel Ranking

In the United States, the name Hufnagel is the 16,493rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Hufnagel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hufnagel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Hufnagel, who arrived in America in 1750 [2]
Hufnagel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conr Hufnagel, aged 55, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [2]
  • Peter Hufnagel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]
  • Karl Hufnagel, who arrived in North America in 1883 [2]
  • Jakob Hufnagel, who landed in North America in 1888 [2]
  • Geo. Hufnagel, aged 37, who immigrated to America, in 1894
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Hufnagel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Francis Hufnagel, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1905
  • George A Hufnagel, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Heinrich Hufnagel, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Meckingen, Germany, in 1909
  • Fred B. Hufnagel, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Jette Hufnagel, aged 18, who landed in America from Nurnberg, Germany, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hufnagel (post 1700) +

  • Kevin Hufnagel, American contemporary musician, best known for his solo guitar works
  • Charles A. Hufnagel (1916-1989), American surgeon who in the early 1950s invented the first artificial heart valve
  • John Coleman Hufnagel (b. 1951), American football coach and former pro quarterback
  • Todd C Hufnagel Ph.D., American Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University
  • Henry J. Hufnagel, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1928 [3]
  • Beth Hufnagel, American politician, Candidate for Maryland state comptroller, 2002 [3]
  • Lucas Hufnagel (b. 1994), German footballer who plays for SC Freiburg
  • Johann Siegfried Hufnagel (1724-1795), German parson and entomologist
  • Willi Hufnagel (b. 1904), German film actor
  • Leon Hufnagel (1893-1933), Polish astronomer

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook