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Multiple Origins for the Surname Hoff


German


Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Hoff. When hereditary surnames were adopted in this region, after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities were quite common. These "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 use of the preposition has often long since been dropped from use. The Hoff family originally lived on a farmstead. The name Hoff is derived from the Old German and German word hof, which means settlement, farm or court.

Hoff Early Origins



The surname Hoff 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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Hoff Spelling Variations


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

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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 717 words (51 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1829, 1378, 1662, 1773, 1629 and 1684 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 26 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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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:

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 [1]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 [1]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 [1]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 [1]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 [1]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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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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