Hof History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Hof. Hereditary surnames were adopted in this region after the 12th century, and surnames were derived from localities were common. 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. The Hof family originally lived on a farmstead. The name Hof is derived from the Old German and German word hof, which means settlement, farm or court.
Early Origins of the Hof family
The surname Hof 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."
Important Dates for the Hof family
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Hof Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Hof include Hof, Hoff, Hoffe, Hofer, Hoefer, Hoeffer, Hoffer, Hofle, Hoefe, Hofler, Hoefler, Hofner and many more.
Early Notables of the Hof family (pre 1700)
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Hof migration to the United States
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 were:
Typical Hof Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Hof Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Johann Jost Hof, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850 
- J Hof, aged 27, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 
- Joh Adam Hof, who arrived in America in 1852 
- Caspar Hof, who landed in America in 1854 
Hof migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hof Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Cathrina Hof, who arrived in Quebec in 1893
- Conrad Hof, aged 13, who landed in Quebec in 1893
- Conrad Hof, aged 44, who arrived in Quebec in 1893
- Elisabeth Hof, aged 19, who landed in Quebec in 1893
- Georg Hof, aged 19, who arrived in Quebec in 1893
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hof (post 1700)
- Samuel Hof (b. 1937), US Army major general, 13th Chief of Ordnance for the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps
- Dennis Hof (b. 1946), American brothel owner in Nevada, star of the HBO series Cathouse
- Wim Hof (b. 1959), Dutch daredevil nicknamed "the Iceman" for his ability to withstand extreme cold
- Norbert Hof (b. 1944), Austrian retired footballer for the Austria National Team (1968-1974)
- Mark-Peter Hof (b. 1990), Dutch professional basketball player
- Marjolijn Hof (b. 1956), Dutch multiple award winning writer
- Erich Hof (1936-1995), Austrian footballer and coach
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