Schiffmann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Medieval Austria is the ancient homeland of the Schiffmann family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. 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.

Early Origins of the Schiffmann family

The surname Schiffmann 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.

Early History of the Schiffmann family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schiffmann research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1708 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Schiffmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schiffmann Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Schiffmann include Schiff, Schiffner, Schifer, Schiffs, Schiffe and many more.

Early Notables of the Schiffmann family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schiffmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Schiffmann migration to the United States +

Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Schiffmann or a variant listed above:

Schiffmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Schiffmann, aged 26, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [1]
  • Simon Schiffmann, who landed in North America in 1852 [1]
  • Salomon Schiffmann, who landed in North America in 1853 [1]
  • Isaak Schiffmann, who arrived in North America in 1854 [1]
  • Regina Schiffmann, who arrived in North America in 1859 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Schiffmann (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Harris Schiffmann (b. 1914), American scholar and educator


  1. ^ 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)


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