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The ancestral home of the Scharf family is in the German province of Bavaria. Scharf is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute. It is a name for a sharp or quick witted person. The name stems from the German word "scharf," meaning "sharp."

Scharf Early Origins



The surname Scharf was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. Chronicles first mention Sigehard Scharf of Bavaria in 1060, and Hainrich Scharpf of Wuerttemberg in 1330. Later the various families branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Scharf Spelling Variations


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Scharf Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Scharf include Scharff, Scharfe, Scharfer, Scharf and others.

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Scharf Early History


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Scharf Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scharf research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1769, 1792, 1813, and 1851 are included under the topic Early Scharf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scharf Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Scharf Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scharf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Scharf or a variant listed above:

Scharf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Antonius Scharf, who came to New York State in 1710
  • Johannes Scharf came to Philadelphia in 1747
  • Friedrich Scharf, who landed in New York, NY in 1782
  • Herman Scharf, who landed in New York, NY in 1782

Scharf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Scharf, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • Charles Scharf, who landed in New York in 1834
  • George Scharf, who arrived in Allegany County in 1844
  • George Scharf, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Joseph Scharf, aged 20, arrived in America in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Scharf (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Scharf (post 1700)



  • Raymond B. Scharf, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1960
  • Irving A. Scharf, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 37th District, 2002
  • Irene Meyer Scharf, American politician, Candidate for Texas State Board of Education 5th District, 2002, 2012
  • Ed Scharf, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 23rd District, 2002, 2010, 2012
  • Darren Scharf, American politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 51st District, 2002
  • Albert Scharf, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 35th District, 1891-92
  • Walter Scharf (1910-2003), American film composer
  • Kurt Franz Wilhelm Scharf (1902-1990), German ecclesiastic who was several times arrested and forbidden to preach during the Nazi regime. In 1966 he became Bishop of Berlin-Brandenburg and vice-president of the World Bible Society
  • Erwin Scharf (1914-1994), Austrian politician
  • Krista Scharf (b. 1982), Canadian curler, three time Canadian Junior Curling Championships winner
  • ... (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. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    2. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. 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).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Scharf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scharf 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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