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  • Alexander Mayer Schaeffer (1712 - 1786)
    Schaefferstown was founded in June 1758 by German immigrant, Alexander Schaeffer. He called his new village Heidelberg, but it was not long before people began referring to it simply as “Schaeffer’s ...
  • Anna Magdalena Bieber (bef.1705 - 1786)
    Anna Magdalena Schaeffer Bieber BIRTH 1700 DEATH 1796 (aged 95–96) Dryville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA BURIAL Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery Dryville, Berks County, Pennsylvania ...
  • Anna Marie Ries (1654 - 1718)
  • Anna Angelica Schaeffer (1708 - 1772)
    My grandmother Sarah Seamon Mix told me that her ancestors founded Schaefferstown, PA. The young couple (Anna Eva Engle Schaeffer & Alexander S.) set out from Bucks County in a wagon (Conestoga wagon?)...

About the Schaeffer surname


Arguably originated in the German-French Elzas. Schaeffer means shepherd. Although a discussion is going on if it derives from the German 'Schafter' which would mean something like 'steward', but that could be a wish for ancestors of higher stature. The combination 'ae' (which derives from ä) and the double 'f' is a bit extra-ordinary, because the usually a single vowel precedes a 'ff' (or a single 'f' would follow 'ae').

brief history

In the Netherlands there are supposed to be to big 'clans', the catholic in the South and the protestant in the North.

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