When Donald Thieme Laufer was born on 7 March 1923, in Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, United States, his father, William Martin Edward Laufer, was 38 and his mother, Hedwig Emma "Hattie" Thieme, was 37. He lived in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. He registered for military service in 1943. He died on 14 December 1943, at the age of 20, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States.
Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Berish, Mayer, Chaim, Leibish, Ari, Hyman, Moishe, Moshe, Myer, Pinchas. German Hans, Armin, Berthold, Erwin, Frieda, Fritz, Fritzi, Ilse, Mathias, Otto, Siegmund, Wolfgang.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (also Läufer): occupational name for a messenger or a nickname for a fast runner, from an agent derivative of Middle High German loufen, German laufen ‘to run’.
German (also Läufer): habitational name for someone from a place called Lauf, Laufen, or Lauffen in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (see Lauf ).