Scheffler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Scheffler is German in origin. It is derived from the Middle High German term "schaffaere," which referred to a shepherd, one who took care of sheep. [1] Alternatively, the name could have been derived from an German occupational name for someone "who made casks and barrels, a cooper." [2]

Early Origins of the Scheffler family

The surname Scheffler 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 Scheffler family

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Scheffler Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schaeffers, Schaefer, Scheaffer, Schaefers, Schaffer, Schafer, Shaeffer, Schefer, Shaefer and many more.

Early Notables of the Scheffler family (pre 1700)

Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Scheffler were Peter Schöffer (c.1425-c.1503), an early German printer, and worked as a manuscript copyist in 1451. Angelus Silesius or Johann Angelus Silesius (1624-1677), born Johann Scheffler, was a German Catholic priest and physician. He was known as a mystic and religious poet, born and raised a Lutheran. In 1653, he adopted the name Angelus (Latin for "angel" or "heavenly messenger") and the epithet Silesius ("Silesian") and converted to Catholicism. As a convert and priest, he tried to convince German Protestants...
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Scheffler Ranking

In the United States, the name Scheffler is the 6,580th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]


United States Scheffler migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scheffler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mart E Gottfd Scheffler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800 [4]
  • Amalie Scheffler, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1854 [4]
  • Christian Scheffler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1858 [4]
  • Edith Scheffler, aged 1, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [4]
  • Jacob Scheffler, aged 14, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Scheffler (post 1700) +

  • Phil Scheffler (1931-2016), American editor, known for his work on 60 Minutes
  • Tony Scheffler (b. 1983), American football tight end
  • Tom Scheffler (b. 1954), American professional basketball player
  • Ted Scheffler (1864-1949), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Stephen "Steve" Robert Scheffler (b. 1967), American professional basketball player
  • Israel Scheffler (b. 1923), American philosopher of science and of education
  • Steve Scheffler, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 2008 [5]
  • Gene Burke Scheffler, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1946 [5]
  • Carl J. Scheffler (b. 1911), American politician, Mayor of Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1953-54 [5]
  • Felix Scheffler (1915-1986), German World War II Wehrmacht veteran, Chief of East German People's Navy
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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