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Where did the German Loflin family come from? What is the German Loflin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Loflin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Loflin family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Loeffler, Loeffel, Loefel, Loefeler, Loeffers, Leffler (Silesia), Loepeler (northern Germany), Loeffelmann, Loeffels, Loefels, Loffler and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name's literal meaning referred to the craftsman who carved out wooden spoons. Later, it came to represent numerous branches of a powerful family. Chronicles first mention Hans Loeffler of Stuttgart in 1447. The name first became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in tribal and national conflicts, where each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Loflin research. Another 260 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1717 and 1852 are included under the topic Early Loflin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Loflin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Balthasar Loeffel, who came to Pennsylvania in 1750. August Carl Frederick Loeffler came in 1788; Christian Loeffler in 1812; and Jacob Loeffler in 1855. Numerous Loefflers came to Texas, including Andreas Loeffler in 1846.

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  2. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
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The Loflin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Loflin 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 23 September 2010 at 15:40.

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