Stitzel and Stutsman family, Brethen and Mennonite families:Information about Hans Naf
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Hans Naf (b. 1366, d. 1406)Hans Naf was born 1366 in Rengg-Langnau, Zurich, Switzerland, and died 1406.
Notes for Hans Naf:
The earliest Neff or Naf of whom we have record was Hans Naf born in 1366-86 in Rengg, Zurich, Switzerland.Hans was a farmer at Rengg-Langnau. See the map above for Kappel -- Langnau is at the north end of the map.Looking at map below, Langnau would be northeast of Vollenweid or east of Habersaat.Hans and his wife had a son, Hans.
BIOGRAPHY: Farmer at Rengg-Langnau. The Naf data used here down to Adam Naf(Kappel Wars hero) is taken from Mr.Amberger's(noted genealogist in Switz.) notes in 1931,obtained by Dr.Elmer E.Neff of Altoona,PA. on his 1931 visit to Switzerland.
Näf Family Name
Our Näf ancestors lived in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland from the 1300s, principally from Kappel, where Nafenhaus (Neff House) still stands.It's said that the Näf surname quite likely began in 13th century Switzerland as Nevo or Neffe, meaning nephew, and most likely comes from the French word neveu. The name probably began as a nickname and became a family name by the end of the 14th century in the Swiss towns of Rengg and Kappel am Albis.
The origin of the Näf families in Switzerland began in the hamlet of Rengg in the Albis mountain range in what is now the parish of Langnau.
I was not able to verify a tie between the following information and our earliest ancestor, Hans Naf born in 1366, but due to the location there is likely a connection.The earliest found written record of a Naf family member is from a parchment folio in the Canton Zurich Archives dated 1340. An Ulrich Neve, on June 20, 1340, was a witness to the sale of a house owned by Jörije von Uerslikon near the Cloister of Kappel am Albis.A Ruedi Näf of Rengg received his citizenship Jan. 2, 1386, according to the Citizen Record Book of Zurich. Hans Näf of Rengg, with five other men, received his citizenship Jan. 9, 1386.
Children of Hans Naf are:
- +Heinrich Naf, b. 1388, Rengg-Langnau, Zurich, Switzerland, d. 1488, Rengg-Langnau, Zurich, Switzerland.