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The distinguished surname Schaeffer is German in origin. It is derived from the Middle High German term "schaffaere," which referred to the manager or steward of a household.

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The surname Schaeffer was first found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schaeffers, Schaefer, Scheaffer, Schaefers, Schaffer, Schafer, Shaeffer, Schefer, Shaefer and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schaeffer research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1813, 1787, 1425, 1503, 1451, 1624 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Schaeffer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Schaeffer were Peter Schöffer (c.1425-c.1503), an early German printer, and worked as a manuscript copyist in 1451; Angelus Silesius or Johann Angelus...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schaeffer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schaeffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Schaeffer, who emigrated with his family to England or America in 1709
  • Dorothea Schaeffer, who landed in New York, NY in 1709
  • Hans Werner Schaeffer, who landed in New York, NY in 1709
  • Johann Heinrich Schaeffer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709
  • Johann Wilhelm Schaeffer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709
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Schaeffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Herman Schaeffer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Louis Schaeffer, who arrived in Ohio in 1812
  • Ludwig Schaeffer, who landed in Ohio in 1812
  • Frederick Schaeffer, who landed in Maryland in 1832
  • Peter Schaeffer, who landed in New York in 1833
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Schaeffer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Frederick Schaeffer U.E., (Friederick) who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. John Schaeffer U.E., (Johannes, Shaefer, Shaffer) who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Nicholas Schaeffer U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Schaeffer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Fred William Schaeffer, who arrived in Canada in 1800
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  • George Harrison Schaeffer, American football player, coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator
  • Frederick Christian Schaeffer (1792-1832), American Lutheran clergyman
  • Eric D. Schaeffer, American theater director and producer
  • Francis August Schaeffer (1912-1984), American Evangelical Christian theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor
  • David Frederick Schaeffer (1787-1837), American Lutheran clergyman
  • Chester Schaeffer (1902-1992), American film and television editor
  • Charles Frederick Schaeffer (1807-1879), American Lutheran clergyman
  • Brentis Jarryn Schaeffer (b. 1986), American former Arena football Quarterback
  • Albert "Al" Charles Schaeffer (1907-1957), American mathematician who worked on complex analysis
  • William G. "Billy" Schaeffer (b. 1951), retired American professional basketball player
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    3. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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    The Schaeffer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schaeffer 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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