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The ancient and distinguished surname Hofbauer is of German origin. It is made up of two Middle High German elements, "hof," meaning "farm," and "bur," meaning "farmer"; it is therefore likely that the surname was originally borne by a farmer. The Middle High German origins indicate that the name first emerged in Southern Germany.

Early Origins of the Hofbauer family


The surname Hofbauer was first found in Swabia, where it is believed to have first emerged. It was a common practice of the time to identify someone by the kind of work he did; thus, it is likely that the name Hofbauer was bestowed on the original bearer as an indication of his profession. The young Hofbauer family declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending its influence in struggles for power and status within the region. It branched into many houses, and its contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Early History of the Hofbauer family

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Early History of the Hofbauer family


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Hofbauer Spelling Variations

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Hofbauer Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Hoffbauer, Hofbauer, Hoffpauer, Hoffpauir, Hofpauer and many more.

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Early Notables of the Hofbauer family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Hofbauer family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hofbauer family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Hofbauer family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hofbauer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Creszenz Hofbauer, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1893

Hofbauer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Franz Hofbauer, aged 37, who landed in America from Wien, Austria, in 1907
  • Barbara Hofbauer, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States from Vienna, Austria, in 1907
  • Georg Hofbauer, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from Haselbach, Germany, in 1908
  • Anna Hofbauer, aged 27, who settled in America from Drumsly, Austria, in 1910
  • Albert Hofbauer, aged 23, who landed in America from Wien, Austria, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hofbauer (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hofbauer (post 1700)


  • Elfriede Hofbauer (b. 1909), German author who wrote under the pen name Friede von Motten
  • Ernst Hofbauer (1925-1984), Austrian film director
  • Gustav Robert Hofbauer (b. 1921), Austrian chemist and university assistant
  • Josef Hofbauer (1892-1972), Jesuit and professor of theology

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