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The ancestral home of the Scharff family is in the German province of Bavaria. Scharff 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."

Scharff Early Origins



The surname Scharff 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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Scharff Spelling Variations


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Scharff Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Scharff include Scharff, Scharfe, Scharfer, Scharf and others.

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Scharff Early History


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Scharff Early History



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

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Scharff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Scharff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scharff 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



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Scharff or a variant listed above:

Scharff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrath Scharff arrived in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Conrath Scharff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Heinrich Scharff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747
  • Heinrich Scharff moved to America in 1747
  • Johan Christoffel Scharff settled to America in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Scharff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Conrad Scharff, who landed in Maryland in 1840
  • F Scharff, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Peter Scharff, who arrived in Mississippi in 1856
  • Nicholas Scharff, who landed in Mississippi in 1858
  • Moses Scharff, who landed in Mississippi in 1858
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Scharff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Scharff (post 1700)



  • Karen R. Scharff, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988
  • Joseph H. Scharff, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Bergen County, 1909-10
  • Thomas Scharff (b. 1963), German Medieval historian
  • Edwin Scharff (1887-1955), German sculptor and painter, eponym of the Edwin Scharff Prize
  • Alexander Scharff (1904-1985), German historian
  • Harald Scharff (1836-1912), Danish ballet dancer
  • Anton Scharff (1845-1903), Austrian medal maker

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    7. 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).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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    The Scharff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scharff 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 14 September 2016 at 20:24.

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