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The Puff 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.

Puff Early Origins



The surname Puff 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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Puff Spelling Variations


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Puff Spelling Variations



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

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Puff Early History


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Puff Early History



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

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Puff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Puff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Puff 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 were:

Puff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Valentine Puff, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1755
  • Johann Martin Puff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773

Puff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Puff, who emigrated from Bavaria to Pennsylvania in 1844 with his wife and their five children
  • Michael Puff, who arrived in America in 1844
  • Jos Puff, who landed in Buffalo, NY in 1845
  • Carl Puff, who arrived in New York in 1850
  • Johann Puff, who came to New York from Bremen in 1857 with his relatives Catharina and Rosalia

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Contemporary Notables of the name Puff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Puff (post 1700)



  • Gerhard Arthur Puff (1914-1954), German-born, American gangster, executed by the federal authorities in New York for killing a federal agent
  • Theodor Puff (1927-1999), German footballer

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See Also


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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. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Puff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Puff 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 11 December 2016 at 20:18.

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