Schleiffer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name is derived from the German word "schleifen," meaning "to grind" or "polish," and is almost certainly occupational in origin, meaning that the name came from the profession of its first bearer. Most likely, the name's first bearer was one who polished swords and armor for a living, though it is also possible that he ground diamonds.

Early Origins of the Schleiffer family

The surname Schleiffer was first found in Germany, where the name Schleiffer came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

Early History of the Schleiffer family

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Schleiffer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schleiffer, Schleifer, Schleif, Schleifmann and many more.

Early Notables of the Schleiffer family (pre 1700)

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United States Schleiffer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schleiffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Schleiffer, who took an Oath of Allegiance to the Satae of Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Johannes Schleiffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Sebastian Schleiffer, who landed in America in 1783 [1]
Schleiffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Christian Schleiffer, who landed in America in 1852 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Schleiffer (post 1700) +

  • Hedwig Schleiffer, translator and writer of ethno-biology books
  • K H Schleiffer, biochemist


  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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