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Where did the German Schaeffer family come from? What is the German Schaeffer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schaeffer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schaeffer family history?

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

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.


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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.

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Another 101 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schaeffer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


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


Schaeffer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Fred William Schaeffer, who arrived in Canada in 1800

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  • Rebecca Schaeffer (1967-1989), American actress who was murdered by a fan
  • Eric Schaeffer (b. 1962), American actor
  • Albrecht Schaeffer (1885-1950), journalist and author in Bavaria
  • Pierre Henri Marie Schaeffer (1910-1995), French composer, noted as the inventor of musique concrète
  • Boguslaw Schaeffer (b. 1929), Polish composer and theoretician


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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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