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The ancient history of the Hoff name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Hoff is usually derived from the Old English word hoh, which means heel or projecting ridge of land. However, it is sometimes derived from the Old Norse word haugr, which means mound or hill. Furthermore, the name Hoff may be derived from residence in one of a variety of similarly named places: Hoe is in Norfolk; Hoo is in Kent; places called Hooe are in Devon and Sussex; Hose is in Leicestershire; places named Heugh are in Durham and Northumberland; and settlements called Hough are found in both Cheshire and Derby.

Hoff Early Origins



The surname Hoff was first found in Cheshire at Hough, a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East which dates back to the 13th century when it was first listed as Hoh c. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Hoff Spelling Variations


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Hoff Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hoff include Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.

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Hoff Early History


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Hoff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoff research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1743, 1699, 1717, 1681 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Hoff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hoff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hoff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hoff In Ireland


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Hoff In Ireland



Some of the Hoff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hoff or a variant listed above:

Hoff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Hoff, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johan Melgior Hoff, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johann Adam Hoff, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Lorentz Hoff, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Lorentz Hoff, who sailed to America in 1730
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hoff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Hoff, who landed in New York in 1818
  • Gerh Anton Hoff, who arrived in America in 1837
  • Hermann Anton Hoff, aged 40, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Christian Hoff, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Joseph Hoff, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hoff Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Lawrence Hoff U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13,1783 was passenger number 403 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Ann Hoff U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13,1783 was passenger number 497 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Miss. Ann Hoff U.E. (b. 1770), aged 13 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13,1783 was passenger number 594 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Henry Hoff U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Hoff U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hoff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hoff (post 1700)



  • Charles F. Hoff, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1912
  • Carrie V. Hoff, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for University of Illinois trustee, 1918
  • Benjamin R. Hoff, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Albany, New York, 1941
  • Almeth W. Hoff (b. 1878), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 18th District, 1911-12, 1914-15; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1944
  • Chester Hoff, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1956
  • Gabriel Hoff, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hunterdon County, 1829
  • Henson L. Hoff, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Barbour County, 1864
  • Herbert H. Hoff, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Perry County, 1927-28
  • James E. Hoff, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 43rd Circuit, 1969-74
  • John J. Hoff, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1853-55
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Hoff


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Suggested Readings for the name Hoff



  • Genesis, Hoffs & Hooffs of Virginia, 1730 to 1980 by Betty Hoff Lemons.

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Hoff Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Hoff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hoff 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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