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The name Hoefler comes from the German region of Westphalia. The tradition of adopting hereditary surnames came to Germany after the 12th century, and the names of places where people lived were a primary source. Many local names carry the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It originally indicated land ownership, and is sometimes a mark of nobility. The Hoefler family originally lived on a farmstead. The name Hoefler is derived from the Old German and German word hof, which means settlement, farm or court.

Hoefler Early Origins



The surname Hoefler was first found in Westphalia, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation.The name probably stems from the German word "Hof" meaning "court."

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Hoefler Spelling Variations


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Hoefler Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Hoefler include Hof, Hoff, Hoffe, Hofer, Hoefer, Hoeffer, Hoffer, Hofle, Hoefe, Hofler, Hoefler, Hofner and many more.

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Hoefler Early History


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Hoefler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoefler research. Another 717 words (51 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1829, 1378, 1662, 1773, 1629 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Hoefler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hoefler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hoefler Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoefler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlanti c. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Hoefler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Hoefler, who arrived in New York in 1715

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hoefler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hoefler (post 1700)



  • Henry P. Hoefler, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 1st District, 1894-95

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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    The Hoefler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hoefler Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 21 November 2016 at 13:11.

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