When Margarethe Christina Pfeiffer was born on 16 November 1838, in Hattenhofen, Göppingen, Württemberg, Germany, her father, Jacob Pfeiffer, was 27 and her mother, Margarethe Hofherr, was 30. She married Johann Jakob Jauss on 24 November 1863, in Hattenhofen, Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 29 October 1917, in Jackson, Michigan, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from an agent derivative of Middle High German pfīf(e), German Pfeife ‘pipe’, hence an occupational name for a piper, whistler. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine), the Netherlands, Denmark, and some other European countries; see also 2 below. Compare Fifer , Peifer , Pfeifer , and Pfieffer .
Germanized form of various Slavic adaptations of the German surname (see 1 above), such as Slovenian Fajfar and Pfajfar, Czech Fajfr and Faifr. Compare Fifer .