Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Hefler. In the German provinces, hereditary surnames were adopted after the 12th century, and names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the preposition is frequently dropped from surnames of this type. The Hefler family originally lived on a farmstead. The name Hefler is derived from the Old German and German word hof, which means settlement, farm or court.
Early Origins of the Hefler family
Westphalia, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation.The name probably stems from the German word "Hof" meaning "court."
Early History of the Hefler family
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Early Notables of the Hefler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hefler family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them: Lorentz Hoff, who sailed to America in 1730; Gideon Hoffer sailed to Pennsylvania in 1732; Hans Jacob Hoff, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1733; Conrad Hoffler to Pennsylvania in 1751.
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