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Medieval Austria is the noble birthplace of the family name Pfeiffer. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 B C. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Pfeiffer Early Origins



The surname Pfeiffer was first found in Austria, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention Nickel Pfyfer of Liegnitz in 1372, and Hailman der Pfiffer in 1371.

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Pfeiffer Spelling Variations


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Pfeiffer Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Pfeiffer include Pfeiffer, Pfeifer, Pfeyffer, Pfeyfer and many more.

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Pfeiffer Early History


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Pfeiffer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pfeiffer research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1590, 1713, 1721, 1797, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Pfeiffer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pfeiffer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pfeiffer Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Pfeiffer were Johann Babtist Pfeiffer (around 1721), who was administrator for the mines and forges of Achrain, and was knighted in 1721. Ida Laura Pfeiffer (1797-1858) was...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pfeiffer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pfeiffer or a variant listed above:

Pfeiffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jakob Pfeiffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Wilhelm Pfeiffer arrived in Philadelphia in 1749
  • Adam Pfeiffer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Jacob Pfeiffer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Mathias Pfeiffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pfeiffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wigand Pfeiffer, who arrived in America in 1833
  • Anna Rosina Pfeiffer, aged 71, landed in America in 1839
  • Eberhard Pfeiffer came to Texas in 1846
  • Eberhard Pfeiffer, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Maria Pfeiffer, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pfeiffer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Christian Pfeiffer, age 28, settled in Canada in 1783

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pfeiffer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pfeiffer (post 1700)



  • Daniel Pfeiffer (b. 1975), American Assistant to the President of the United States, Senior Advisor to the President for Strategy and Communications
  • Dorothy Diane "Dedee" Pfeiffer (b. 1964), American film and television actress, sister of Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Jim Pfeiffer, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 3rd District, 1978
  • J. Scott Pfeiffer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • Harold Pfeiffer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1952
  • George Pfeiffer Jr., American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Camden County, 1888-90; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1888
  • Elmer A. Pfeiffer, American politician, Mayor of Petoskey, Michigan, 1959-61
  • Alfred L. Pfeiffer, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Lindenhurst, New York, 1935 (Republican), 1939 (People's)
  • John Pfeiffer, American Republican politician, Chair of Middlesex County Republican Party, 1913-25
  • Loyde E. Pfeiffer, American politician, Mayor of Winona, Minnesota, 1953-54
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    10. 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).
    11. ...

    The Pfeiffer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pfeiffer 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.

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