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Poff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Poff family


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.

Early History of the Poff family


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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.

Early Notables of the Poff family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Poff family to the New World and Oceana


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.

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Nellie Poff, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Charles W. Poff, American politician, Industrial Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jonathan Poff (b. 1983), New Zealand rugby union player

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Citations


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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