The distinguished surname Schawfer 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 Schawfer family
The surname Schawfer 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 Schawfer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schawfer 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 Schawfer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Schawfer Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Schaeffers, Schaefer, Scheaffer, Schaefers, Schaffer, Schafer, Shaeffer, Schefer, Shaefer and many more.
Early Notables of the Schawfer family (pre 1700)
Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Schawfer 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 Schawfer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Schawfer family to the New World and Oceana
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.