The name NÄF quite likely began in 13th century Switzerland as Nevo or Neffe, meaning nephew, and most likely comes from the French word neveu. The origin in the Zürich area probably began at the manor Niedorn Horwe in the Horgerberg on the Egg. The hamlet Rengg (Rangg) on the Albis mountain range in the present parish of Langnau was probably the point of origin for most of the present Näf families in the Canton of Zürich. Source: Origin of the name Neff/Naf
Adam Näf, was a war hero who fought in the Battle of Kappel in Switzerland in 1531. It was a religious war. His house, called "Näfenhaus", still stands today in the village of Kappel am Albis, Switzerland, and is now a museum. (Source).
Dr. HANS HEINRICH NEFF A2-Line: first settled in Germantown, PA migrated to Lancaster by 1728, family settled Strasburg Twp. Dr. Hans Heinrich settled in Lancaster Co., PA by 1722, family migrated to Shenandoah Co., VA and Clark, OH
Neffs in the Civil War - Union and Confederate. Reaserach by Robert Neff
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The name NÄF quite likely began in 13th century Switzerland as Nevo or Neffe, meaning nephew, and most likely comes from the French word neveu. The origin in the Zürich area probably began at the manor Niedorn Horwe in the Horgerberg on the Egg. The hamlet Rengg (Rangg) on the Albis mountain range in the present parish of Langnau was probably the point of origin for most of the present Näf families in the Canton of Zürich.
The first written record comes from a parchment in the Canton Zürich Archives dated 1340. An Ulrich Neve, on June 20th in that year, was a witness to the sale of a house owned by Jorije von Uerslikon near the Cloister of Kappel am Albis. What relation existed between this Ulrich Neve and the Näf's from Rengg cannot be determined.
From the Citizen Record Book of Zürich, Ruedi Näf of Rengg received his citizenship on the 2nd of January A.D. 1386. Hans Näf of Rengg along with other men received their citizenship on the third day before Hillari in same year on January 9th. This admission to citizenship was most likely in gratitude for their entering the military. The battle at Sempach took place six months later on July 9, 1386. This military engagement gave the Swiss their independence from Leopold III, Duke of Austria. Most likely begun as a nickname, by this time it was a family name for the Näf line who originated at Rengg and Kappel am Albis. We are not certain how these Näf's are related to the families of the same name found in Toggenberg or Appenzell.
Ships Which Brought the Neffs to America - Most of These Ships Landed in Philadelphia, PA;1997 Neff International Reunion Memories
The NEFF FAMILY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Society is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1993. The Society is also a recognized IRS 501(c)(3) under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
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