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

Shafer Early Origins



The surname Shafer 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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Shafer Spelling Variations


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Shafer 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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Shafer Early History


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Shafer Early History



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

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Shafer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shafer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Shafer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Casper Shafer, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Fredrek Shafer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Johannes Shafer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Baltzer Shafer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762
  • John Conrad Shafer, who landed in New York in 1784
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shafer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Simon Shafer, who arrived in Maryland in 1806
  • Caterina Shafer, aged 6, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Christina Shafer, aged 26, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Antonia Shafer, aged 38, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Johanna Shafer, aged 1, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shafer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shafer (post 1700)



  • Dirk Alan Shafer (1962-2015), American model, actor, screenwriter and director, Playgirl 1992 Man of the Year
  • Ronald W. Shafer (b. 1938), American electrical engineer awarded many times for his contributions to digital signal processing
  • Roy Shafer (b. 1922), American psychologist and psychoanalyst
  • Harold Shafer (1912-2001), American businessman who founded the Gold Seal Company, the original maker of Mr. Bubble bubble bath
  • Natalie Shafer (1900-1991), American actress, best known as Mrs Thurston Howell III on CBS's Gilligan's Island (1964-67)
  • Claron L. Shafer, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to Ohio convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Chet Shafer, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1948
  • Chester J. Shafer, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Warren County, 1939-40
  • Charles A. Shafer, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 4th District, 1911
  • Brad Shafer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2012
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Shafer


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Suggested Readings for the name Shafer



  • Families of Frenches, Williamsons. Shafers. Braswells in America 1710-1972 by Irene French Braswell.
  • Our Illustrious Shaffer, Shafer Family By Robert N. Umgerer.
  • The First Three Generations of the Frederick Shafer Family in America, 1817-1965 by Thomas J.S. Heim.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    11. ...

    The Shafer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shafer 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.

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