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

Shaffer Early Origins



The surname Shaffer 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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Shaffer Spelling Variations


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Shaffer 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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Shaffer Early History


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Shaffer Early History



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

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Shaffer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shaffer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Shaffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Adam Shaffer, aged 30, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Hans Georg Shaffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Philip Shaffer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Hans Jacob Shaffer, aged 19, landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Carl Shaffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shaffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shaffer, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Casper Shaffer, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Henry Shaffer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • John Shaffer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Peter Shaffer, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shaffer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Shaffer, who landed in Wisconsin in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shaffer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shaffer (post 1700)



  • Alex Shaffer (b. 1993), American actor
  • Earl V. Shaffer (1918-2002), American outdoorsman and author
  • Jim G. Shaffer (b. 1944), American archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University
  • Brandon Shaffer (b. 1971), American educator, current President of the Colorado State Senate
  • Kevin Carl Shaffer (b. 1980), American football offensive tackle
  • Erica Shaffer (b. 1970), American actress
  • Atticus W. Shaffer (b. 1998), American actor
  • Louise Shaffer (b. 1942), American actress, script writer, and author
  • ? Shaffer, American Major League Baseball player who played in one game in 1875 for the Brooklyn Atlantics
  • Neil Shaffer (b. 1989), American soccer player
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Shaffer


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Suggested Readings for the name Shaffer



  • 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.
  • A History of the Shaffer-Miller Schrawder Families by Lois Green Schoffstall.

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Shaffer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    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. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    11. ...

    The Shaffer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shaffer 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 17 December 2016 at 11:28.

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