Shaffer Meaning and Origin

The name Shaffer is a boy’s name meaning steward, butler and is of German origin. The name “Shaffer” has origins in both English and German languages. In English, it is believed to be an occupational surname derived from the Old English word “sceafere,” which referred to a steward, manager, or administrator of a household or estate. In German, the name could have originated from the word “Schäfer,” meaning “shepherd.” Over time, as surnames developed, “Shaffer” became a recognizable surname for families associated with managing land, property, or working with animals. “Shaffer” is a surname that has been moderately popular in English-speaking countries. While not as common as some other surnames, it is still recognized and used. Famous People: Peter Shaffer: An English playwright known for his works like “Equus” and “Amadeus,” which were both adapted into successful films. Paul Shaffer: A Canadian musician, composer, and television personality, Paul Shaffer is best known as the musical director and bandleader for “Late Night with David Letterman” and its successor, “Late Show with David Letterman.” Sarah Shaffer: An emerging contemporary artist known for her thought-provoking and innovative artwork. 

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