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The Poff surname comes from a few possible sources, Some instances come from the German word "buff," which means "push," or "shove;" and was likely a nickname for a violent, aggressive person.

Poff Early Origins



The surname Poff was first found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

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Poff Spelling Variations


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Poff Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Puffer, Puff, Poff, Poffer, Pufer, Pofer, Pufker, Pufka and many more.

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Poff Early History


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Poff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poff research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1790 and 1853 are included under the topic Early Poff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Poff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Poff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Poff 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Michl Puff, who emigrated from Bavaria to Pennsylvania in 1844 with his wife and their five children, Christian Friedrich Puffe, who traveled from Hamburg to New York in 1851.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Poff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Poff (post 1700)



  • John William Poff (b. 1952), former American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Alonzo M. "Lon" Poff (1870-1952), American film actor
  • Richard Harding Poff (1923-2011), American politician and judge
  • Richard Harding Poff (b. 1923), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia 6th District, 1953-72; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1968; Justice of Virginia State Supreme Court, 1972
  • Nellie Poff, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945
  • Charles W. Poff, American politician, Industrial Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Jonathan Poff (b. 1983), New Zealand rugby union player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. 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. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
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    The Poff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Poff 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 29 October 2015 at 09:56.

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