Shofner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Shofner 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 Shofner family

The surname Shofner 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 Shofner family

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

Shofner 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 Shofner family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Shofner family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Andreas Schaeffer, who emigrated with his family to England or America in 1709; and Hans Georg Schafer came to Carolina or Pennsylvania in 1709; John Shaver came to Nova Scotia in 1760.


Contemporary Notables of the name Shofner (post 1700) +

  • W. A. Shofner, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State Senate, 1950
  • Martin K. Shofner, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1972
  • Howard B. Shofner, American Republican politician, Tennessee Republican State Chair, 1931; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1932, 1936


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