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.
The surname Shafer was first found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shafer research.Another 135 words (10 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.
of this family name include: Schaeffers, Schaefer, Scheaffer, Schaefers, Schaffer, Schafer, Shaeffer, Schefer, Shaefer and many more.
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.