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SCHAFER - Name Meaning & Origin
Last Name Meaning & Related Resources for the Surname SCHAFER

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Definition: The Schäfer surname and its variations such as Schaefer come from the Middle High German "schæfære" meaning shepherd. See SCHAFFER for another possible origin.

Surname Origin: German

Alternate Surname Spellings: SCHAEFER, SCHAF, SCHAAP, SCHAEFFER, SHAVER, SCHEFFER

More Resources for the Surname SCHAFER :

Surname Finder - SCHAFER Genealogy & Family Resources
Find links to free and commercial resources for the Schafer surname.

SCHAFER Surname & Family Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Schafer surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

SCHAFER Family Genealogy Forum
Free message board is focused on descendants of SCHAFER ancestors around the world.

FamilySearch - SCHAFER Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the SCHAFER surname.

German Genealogy
Research your German family tree with the help of these German genealogical societies, records, surname lists, archives and libraries, and Germany genealogy research guides.

Cousin Connect - SCHAFER Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname SCHAFER, and sign up for free notification when new Schafer queries are added.

DistantCousin.com - SCHAFER Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name SCHAFER.

MyCinnamonToast.com - SCHAFER Genealogy in All Regions
Centralized search results for family trees and other genealogy info on the SCHAFER surname.

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Great Britain: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

 

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