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

Schafer Early Origins



The surname Schafer 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.

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Schafer Spelling Variations


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Schafer Spelling Variations



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

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Schafer Early History


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Schafer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schafer 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 Schafer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schafer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schafer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Schafer 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 Schafer 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:

Schafer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Georg Schafer came to Carolina or Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Enners Schafer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Hans Schafer, who arrived in America in 1709
  • Hans Georg Schafer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Jacob Schafer came to Philadelphia in 1719
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Schafer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Barbara Schafer, who landed in Westfield, NY in 1800
  • Gottfd Schafer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Friedr Schafer, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • F Schafer, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Ernst Jacob Schafer, who landed in America in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Schafer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • W. Schafer arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder"

Schafer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Carl Schafer landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schafer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schafer (post 1700)



  • Ronald Schafer (b. 1938), American electrical engineer notable for his contributions to digital signal processing
  • Roy Schafer (b. 1922), American psychologist and psychoanalyst
  • Harold Schafer (1912-2001), North Dakota businessman who founded the Gold Seal Company
  • Hans-Bernd Schäfer (b. 1943), German economist and a pioneer in the field of law and economics
  • Ernst Schäfer (1910-1992), German hunter and zoologist in the 1930s, specializing in ornithology
  • Gustav Schäfer (1906-1991), German rower who won gold in the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Wilhelm Schäfer (1868-1952), German Naturalist writer and magazine publisher
  • Arthur Schafer (b. 1942), Canadian ethicist specializing in bioethics, philosophy of law, social philosophy and political philosophy
  • Raymond Murray Schafer (b. 1933), Canadian composer, writer, music educator and environmentalist
  • Karl Schäfer (1909-1976), Austrian figure skater who won the gold medals at the 1932 Winter Olympics and the 1936 Winter Olympics
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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    The Schafer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schafer 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 28 October 2016 at 20:42.

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