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Medieval Austria is the ancient homeland of the Schiffman family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 B C. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Schiffman Early Origins



The surname Schiffman was first found in Austria, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in Austrian affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

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Schiffman Spelling Variations


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Schiffman 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 Schiffman include Schiff, Schiffner, Schifer, Schiffs, Schiffe and many more.

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Schiffman Early History


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Schiffman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schiffman research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1708 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Schiffman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schiffman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schiffman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schiffman 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



After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Schiffman were Philip Schiffer, who arrived in New York in 1709-10; Bernard Schiffer came to Philadelphia in 1738; as well as Paul Schiffer in the same year; Hans Schiff came to Philadelphia in 1751.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schiffman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schiffman (post 1700)



  • Sheilamarie Schiffman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1952
  • Rudolph Schiffman, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, 1898
  • Max Schiffman, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 4th District, 1940; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1956
  • Louis Schiffman, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 4th District, 1925, 1926
  • Joseph J. Schiffman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1956
  • Fred C. Schiffman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1900

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    Other References

    1. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    10. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
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    The Schiffman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schiffman 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 9 February 2016 at 09:00.

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