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

Shaff Early Origins



The surname Shaff 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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Shaff Spelling Variations


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Shaff 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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Shaff Early History


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Shaff Early History



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

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Shaff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shaff Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Shaff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • G. N. Shaff, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • May Shaff, aged 22, who emigrated to America, in 1916
  • Lillian Shaff, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Agatha Shaff, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • David Shaff, aged 55, who settled in America, in 1922

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shaff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shaff (post 1700)



  • David Shaff (1924-2011), American politician, former state legislator of Iowa
  • Roger J. Shaff, American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State Senate 37th District; Elected 1970
  • J. O. Shaff, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1936

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    3. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    6. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    11. ...

    The Shaff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shaff 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 21 October 2015 at 14:35.

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