Shaffner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Shaffner family

The surname Shaffner 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.

Early History of the Shaffner family

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

Shaffner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schaeffers, Schaefer, Scheaffer, Schaefers, Schaffer, Schafer, Shaeffer, Schefer, Shaefer and many more.

Early Notables of the Shaffner family (pre 1700)

Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Shaffner 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 Shaffner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Shaffner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shaffner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martin Shaffner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]
  • Casper Shaffner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Jacob Shaffner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shaffner (post 1700) +

  • Paul Shaffner (b. 1960), American football former player, current defensive coordinator and inside linebacker coach at Colgate University
  • Colonel Taliaferro Preston Shaffner (1811-1881), American inventor and entrepreneur from Smithfield, Virginia who published Shaffner's Telegraph Companion, a monthly journal devoted to Morse's telegraphy, from 1854 to 1855; he built a telegraph line from St. Louis, Missouri to Jefferson City in 1851
  • John Elvin Shaffner (1911-2001), Canadian businessman and politician from Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, 26th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (1978-1984)
  • Caleb Willoughby Shaffner (1845-1932), Canadian travelling salesman and politician from Nicteaux, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia who represented Annapolis County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1878 to 1882


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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