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

Shaeffer Early Origins



The surname Shaeffer 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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Shaeffer Spelling Variations


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Shaeffer 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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Shaeffer Early History


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Shaeffer Early History



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

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Shaeffer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shaeffer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Shaeffer 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 Shaeffer 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:

Shaeffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Martin Shaeffer, who arrived in New England in 1753
  • John Shaeffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • George Shaeffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Johannes Shaeffer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773

Shaeffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Shaeffer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Walter Shaeffer, aged 27, landed in Missouri in 1839
  • Philip Shaeffer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843
  • Adam Shaeffer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Henry Shaeffer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shaeffer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shaeffer (post 1700)



  • Frederick Shaeffer, American co-head football coach for the Fordham University Rams in 1897
  • Lafayette Shaeffer (1849-1932), American Democrat politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives, 1915
  • George B. Shaeffer, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1932 1940

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    11. ...

    The Shaeffer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shaeffer 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 18 November 2015 at 10:01.

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