When Joseph Schaff was born on 19 March 1885, in Russia, his father, Georg Schaaf, was 39 and his mother, Anna Mary Degele, was 33. He married Anna Mary Zent on 19 April 1911, in Stark, North Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Cash Township, Slope, North Dakota, United States in 1940 and Bowman, Bowman, North Dakota, United States for about 1 years. He died on 2 February 1955, in Jamestown, Stutsman, North Dakota, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Bowman, Bowman, North Dakota, United States.
German: variant of Schaaf .
Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial or occupational name from German Schaf ‘sheep’.
German: metonymic occupational name for a tubmaker, from Middle High German schaff(e) ‘wooden vessel, scoop’ (see Scheffel ).