The name Hoffar is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in either of the settlements called Ufford in the counties of Northamptonshire and Suffolk
. The surname Hoffar belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Hoffar family
The surname Hoffar was first found in Suffolk
at Ufford, a parish, in the union of Woodbridge, hundred
of Wilford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Ufford is also a civil parish in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
. Both parishes are ancient. The Cambridgeshire
parish dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Uffawyrtha in 948. The Suffolk
parish dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Uffeworda. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Both essentially mean "enclosure of a man called Uffa," from the Old English personal name
+ "worth." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"Of this family, which afterwards arrived to great honour, Robert, a younger son of John de Peyton, of Peyton in the county of Suffolk
, assumed his surname from the lordship of Ufford, in that shire, became Robert de Ufford. His son was summoned to Parliament as a Baron
in 1308, and his grandson, also a Robert de Ufford, was created Earl of Suffolk
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 may confirm this claim as Robert de Ufford was listed in Suffolk
at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Later the Feet of Fines listed Thomas Ufford in Essex
in 1391. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Hoffar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoffar research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1308, 1631, 1345, 1346, 1413, 1404 and 1349 are included under the topic Early Hoffar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hoffar Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hoffar has been spelled many different ways, including Ufford, Ufforde and others.
Early Notables of the Hoffar family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Maud de Ufford, Countess of Oxford (1345/1346-1413), a wealthy English noblewoman and the wife of Thomas de Vere, 8th Earl of Oxford, only child was Robert de Vere, 9th Earl of Oxford, the favourite of King Richard II of England
, took part in... Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoffar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hoffar family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hoffars to arrive in North America: Isabel Ufford, who settled in Boston in 1632; along with John, Thomas; John Ufford settled in Barbados in 1680.