The German state of Silesia
is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Hoefmann. This name is derived from the German word "hof" meaning "settlement" or "farm" and "mann" meaning "man." The name may have originally been born by someone who owned their land as opposed to working someone else's land, or perhaps by the manager, or steward of such an estate.
Early Origins of the Hoefmann family
The surname Hoefmann was first found in Silesia
, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region. Ancient chronicles first mention Otten Buzwoys Hoveman of Liegnitz, Silesia
(1383,) Hans Kosche Hoffman of Liegnitz (1558,) and Nickel Hofeman the belt-maker of Goerlitz (1425).
Early History of the Hoefmann family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoefmann research.Another 745 words (53 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1540, 1627, 1778, 1845, 1827, 1803, 1789, 1616, 1679, 1640, 1692, 1653, 1719, 1683, 1750, 1685, 1715, 1669 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Hoefmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hoefmann Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Hoffmann, Hofmann, Hoffman, Hofman, Hoeffmann, Hoefmann, Hoeffman, Hoefman, Hofemann, Hofeman, Hovemann, Hoveman and many more.
Early Notables of the Hoefmann family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the surname Hoefmann were Christian Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau (1616-1679), a German poet of the Baroque era; Pieter Hofman (1640-1692), a Flemish
Baroque painter; Martin Hoffmann (1653-1719) a German luthier, based in Leipzig; and his son, Johann Christian Hoffmann (1683-1750)... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoefmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hoefmann family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gabriel Hofman, who emigrated to American in 1709. Christopher, Georg, Barbara, Susannah, and Urcilla Hoveman, amoung others, landed in Philadelphia in 1734.