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

Sheaffer Early Origins



The surname Sheaffer 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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Sheaffer Spelling Variations


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Sheaffer 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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Sheaffer Early History


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Sheaffer Early History



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

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Sheaffer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheaffer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Sheaffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Frederick Sheaffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Henrich Sheaffer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1789

Sheaffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Sheaffer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheaffer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheaffer (post 1700)



  • Charles Miller Sheaffer Jr. (1904-1989), American bronze medalist field hockey player at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Walter A. Sheaffer (1867-1946), American businessman, founder of the W.A. Sheaffer Pen Company 1913 and inventor of the first commercially successful lever-filling fountain pen
  • Danny Todd Sheaffer (b. 1961), American Major League Baseball catcher and third baseman, active from 1987 to 1997
  • Robert Sheaffer (b. 1949), American freelance writer and a prominent investigator of unidentified flying objects

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    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 Sheaffer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheaffer 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 2 July 2015 at 23:38.

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