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

Schefer Early Origins



The surname Schefer 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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Schefer Spelling Variations


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Schefer 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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Schefer Early History


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Schefer Early History



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

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Schefer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schefer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Schefer 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 Schefer 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 were:

Schefer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Mikel Schefer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Lourens Schefer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Jacob Schefer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Jost Schefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752-1753
  • Joh Geo Schefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Schefer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Schefer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • Y Schefer, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1847

Schefer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Gregorius Schefer, who arrived in Canada in 1777-1783

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schefer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schefer (post 1700)



  • Henry Schefer, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 26th District, 1912, 1914, 1916

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Schefer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    4. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    11. ...

    The Schefer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schefer 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 23 November 2015 at 11:28.

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