Schafer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Schafer family

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.

Early History of the Schafer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schafer research. Another 135 words (10 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.

Schafer Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Schafer family (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.


United States Schafer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schafer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Georg Schafer, who settled in Carolina or Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Enners Schafer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709 [1]
  • Hans Schafer, who arrived in America in 1709 [1]
  • Hans Georg Schafer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709 [1]
  • Jacob Schafer, who settled in 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 [1]
  • Gottfd Schafer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1800 [1]
  • Friedr Schafer, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • F Schafer, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Ernst Jacob Schafer, who landed in America in 1833 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Schafer migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Schafer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Schafer migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Schafer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Carl Schafer, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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 Schäfer (1927-2017), German footballer who played as a left winger, Member of the West Germany National Team (1952-1962)
  • 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
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Kurt Schäfer (1919-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Ernst Schäfer (1920-1984), German Maschinengefreiter serving aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [3]
  • Erich Schäfer (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Erhard Schäfer (1921-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Burghard Schäfer (1922-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Herman L. Schafer Jr., American Ensign working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEINWARDER 1849 aka STEINWAERDER. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Steinwarder.htm
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  4. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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