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Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Hofer. 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 Hofer family originally lived on a farmstead. The name Hofer is derived from the Old German and German word hof, which means settlement, farm or court.

Hofer Early Origins



The surname Hofer 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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Hofer Spelling Variations


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Hofer 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 Hofer include Hof, Hoff, Hoffe, Hofer, Hoefer, Hoeffer, Hoffer, Hofle, Hoefe, Hofler, Hoefler, Hofner and many more.

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Hofer Early History


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Hofer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hofer 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 Hofer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hofer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hofer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. 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:

Hofer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Hofer, who landed in Virginia in 1665

Hofer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Simon Hofer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Matthias Hofer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1774
  • Mathias Hofer sailed to Pennsylvania in 1774
  • Ferdinand Hofer sailed to America in 1778
  • Ferdinand Friedr Hofer, who landed in America in 1778
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hofer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Hofer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819
  • Remmont Hofer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • Wilhelmine Hofer, who landed in America in 1846
  • Elisabet Margareta Hofer, who arrived in America in 1852
  • John Gotlieb Hofer, aged 32, arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hofer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hofer (post 1700)



  • Paul Hofer (b. 1952), former professional American football player
  • Helmut Hermann W. Hofer (b. 1956), German-born, American mathematician, one of the founders of the area of symplectic topology
  • Karl Christian Ludwig Hofer (1878-1955), German expressionist painter
  • Andreas Hofer (1767-1810), Tyrolean innkeeper and drover, who in 1809 became the leader of the Tyrolean Rebellion against the French and Bavarian occupation forces during the War of the Fifth Coalition
  • Othmar Hofer, Austrian gold and bronze medalist luger in the 1970s

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Suggested Readings for the name Hofer


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Suggested Readings for the name Hofer



  • Hofer-Donaldson History and Families by Marriage, 1700s-1979 by Fred Hoofer.

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Hofer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Hofer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hofer 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.

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