Origins, Meaning, History
This is a German and Jewish surname from the ancient personal (first name) Kaufman, which in turns derives from the Yiddish word koyfman, meaning merchant (or trader of business man). Another source states it comes from the Middle High German word koufman. One source states this last name was first found in Hanover, Germany
Some common spelling variants of this surname are Kauffmann, Kauffman, Kaufman, Kofmann, Kofman, Coffman, and Caughman, as well as numerous others. The English equivalent is Chapman (a shop keeper). Other versions include Koopman (Danish) and Coopman or Copeman (Flemisdh)
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
As of the 2000 census, the surname ranked 4,834th. The variant Kauffmann is 25,896th, Coffman is 1,304th, Caughman is 22,326th, and Kauffman is ranked 1,602th. The name is popular in Germany and Liechtenstein.
Early Bearers of the Last Name
The earliest known bearer of this surname was Herbort Kofmanni recorded in Koln (Cologne) Germany in 1135 AD. A one Berchtoldus Kofman of Weinzberg, Germany was recorded in the year 1287 AD.
Early Settlers to the New World
Some early settlers in the United States include George Kaufmann who arrived in Texas in 1846. The name is also
A one Ulrich Kaufman was born in Grindelwald, Switzerland in 1735 AD. He had a daughter named Ana who was born in 1758 and married Hansen Bohren. Another Ulrich Kaufman was born in 1766 in the same city. He married Ana Brawand in 1791 and had three sons with her: Ulrich, Hans, and Peter. Peter was born in 1810 and he married Susanna Bauman in 1836. He had three issue with her: Peter, Susannna, and Ulrich. A one David Henry Kaufman was born in 1854 in Jay County, Indiana. He married Abigal Desira Miller and had one daughter with her: Ida May, who was born in 1878 and married Frank Elzie Collins.
A one Jude Kaufman was born in Germany in 1825. He married Caroline Heineman and had two issue with her: Sigmund and Hannah. Sigmund was born in 1847 in Frankfurt, Germany. He married Caroline Stern Abrams and had the following children with her: Julia (Levy), Abraham, Mina (Beck), Florence (Winkler), Clara, Rose (Levy), and Helen (Broda). Abraham was born in 1875 in Pine Hill, Alabama. George Kaufmann was born in 1810 in Prussia and later married Mary Walberga Fedder. He had a son named Frederick who was born in 1862 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married a woman named Elizabeth and had the following issue with her prior to his death in 1951: Carrie (Smith), Charles, Elmer, John, Albert Nicholas, and Russell.
There are numerous famous people bearing this surname, including, but not limited to: 1) Aloys P. Kaufmann (1902-1984) who was the 36th Mayor of St. Louis from the Republican Party, 2) David Kaufmann (1852-1899) who was a Jewish-Austrian scholar from the modern day Czech Republic, 3) Georg Friedrich Kauffmann (1679-1735) who was a German Baroque composer and organist, and 4) Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufmann (1818-1882) who was a Russian General and Governor of Turkestan.