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

Schaffner Early Origins



The surname Schaffner 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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Schaffner Spelling Variations


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Schaffner 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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Schaffner Early History


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Schaffner Early History



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

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Schaffner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schaffner Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Schaffner 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 Schaffner 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 or some of its variants were: Andreas Schaeffer, who emigrated with his family to England or America in 1709; and Hans Georg Schafer came to Carolina or Pennsylvania in 1709; John Shaver came to Nova Scotia in 1760.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schaffner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schaffner (post 1700)



  • Franklin James Schaffner (1920-1989), American film director
  • First Lieutenant Dwite H. Schaffner (1889-1955), soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the World War I
  • Louis Schaffner, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1876
  • D. W. Schaffner, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928
  • Clarence D. Schaffner, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Allegany County, 1958; Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1964
  • Charles H. Schaffner, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 63rd District, 1975

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    6. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. 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).
    11. ...

    The Schaffner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schaffner 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 30 September 2016 at 11:49.

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