lauffer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lauffer name is generally thought to have evolved from a place name to a surname. There was a Lauffen in Wurtemberg, as well as places called Laufen and Lauf in other parts of the Holy Roman Empire. Versions of the name that evolve from the word "läufer," which meant "runner," are thought to have originally been an occupational name for a messenger. There is also a Jewish Ashkenazic name lauffer.

Early Origins of the lauffer family

The surname lauffer was first found in Wurtemberg, and later in Switzerland, where the Lauffer spelling was most common.

Early History of the lauffer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lauffer research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lauffer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lauffer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lorfing, Laurfing, Lauerfingen, Leurvin, Laufer, Lauffer, Lauffen, Leuvelin, Leuven, Leirven and many more.

Early Notables of the lauffer family (pre 1700)

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United States lauffer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lauffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Christian Lauffer, who landed in America in 1728 [1]
  • Lorentz Lauffer, who arrived in America in 1728 [1]
  • Lisabeth Lauffer, who landed in Carolina in 1743 [1]
  • Dorothea Lauffer, who landed in Carolina in 1743 [1]
  • Hans Jacob Lauffer, who arrived in Carolina in 1743 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
lauffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Ludwig Lauffer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1819
  • Philipp Lauffer, who arrived in North America in 1851 [1]
  • C. C. Lauffer, who settled in New York, NY in 1862

Contemporary Notables of the name lauffer (post 1700) +

  • Billy Lane Lauffer (1945-1966), United States Army soldier, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War
  • Paul G. Lauffer, American Democrat politician, Chemist; Mayor of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York [2]
  • Leonard B. Lauffer, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Wellsburg, West Virginia, 1941-42 [2]
  • Otto Lauffer (1874-1949), German folklorist and cultural historian
  • Hans-Ulrich Lauffer (1923-2007), German actor who made 57 films from 1950 through 1991


  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 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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