Danneffel Family 1880
Top: Albert, Josef, Otto, Philipp, Karl
Bottom: Leopold, Johann-Georg, Adolph
Location: Germany, during Adolph's visit in 1880

Update: January, 2008

  • A family photo album is now online. We welcome further contributions. A satellite view of the Worndorf area has also been added to this page.

  • Two new family trees are now online. The HTML tree shows only partial information for privacy reasons. The phpgedview tree contains all information but requires a login username and password to access the complete data. Family members may contact us for login information.

This site has been assembled to share and collect genealogy information regarding the Danneffel family. The information and names found here have been collected, compiled, and organized by multiple family members as accurately as possible. Through providing this information online it is hoped that family members will learn more about their ancestors and relatives, and where possible, provide corrections and additions to the family tree.

Assembly of the Family Tree

The genealogy data available on this site is the result of the merger of several separate family trees and the research of birth, death, marriage, and christening records as maintained by local village churches. These church records originate mostly from small towns in southern Germany in the present-day province of Baden-Württemberg. Through the collaboration and research, the tree’s oldest name is that of a Voalrieg Danneffel (b. 1651).

Data has been provided by Danneffels living in both the United States and Germany.

Family History Summary

Records indicate that the surname Danneffel has its roots in central Europe in what today is western Germany. The oldest records recovered are from Worndorf, a small town located north of Lake Constance. While Worndorf remains to be the oldest proven link to the Danneffel family, a small town called Danningen slightly west of Worndorf could very well contain older records. The similarity of the town's name and the family surname and close proximity to Worndorf strongly suggest this. Whatever the relation, Worndorf records indicate generations of Danneffels lived and worked in this region, mostly as agriculturalists.

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The name Danneffel was not always spelled as it is today. Records from the early 1800s consistently contain the name Dannöffel (pronounced Dannoeffel). Variants found include Danöffel (one "n"), and Dannöffle and Dannöffelin. The latter two spellings are generally associated with female names as the "e" and "in" suffixes are frequently used in German to mark female gendered nouns. For some reason the Dannöffel family seemingly made the decision to change the name to Danneffel during the early 1800s. While the exact reason is unknown, some family sources believe the name was changed to prevent teasing at school. "Löffel" means "spoon" in German which apparently was somehow used in a taunting manner.

All Danneffels contacted so far can be linked to a Johann Georg Danneffel (b.1806, d. 1891) who was born in Worndorf, Germany and fathered 17 children with two different wives, Barbara Elgass and Theresia Elgass. Johann Georg married Theresia after his first wife - Barbara - passed away. Both wives share the same maiden surname and it is understood they were sisters. Johann Georg's sons, Adolph (b. 1831 d.1917) and Johann (b. 1834 d. 1899), immigrated to the United States in the early 1850s in search of opportunities and settled in Van Buren County, Michigan. The brothers founded homesteads and are the root ancestors for most Danneffels currently living in the United States. Philipp (b. 1849, d. 1919), Karl (b. 1840, d. 1916), Joseph (b. 1853, d. 1924), and Otto (b. 1847, d. 1908) remained in Germany and are the ancestors of most Danneffels living today in Germany.

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Downloading the Family Tree

There are two family trees available online. The HTML tree shows only partial information for privacy reasons. The phpgedview tree contains all information but requires a username and password. If you are a family member and wish to access all tree data, please contact us and we'll provide you with a password. There is a gedcom file we'd also be happy to share with family members.

Photo Album

Our family photo album was added in January, 2008 and contains a large collection of family pictures, many dating back to the 1800s. We welcome further contributions. Load the Photo Album >>

Future Development of Family Tree

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