The name Hoffarth comes from a name for a person with the characteristics of an owl. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas,
which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk-tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.
Early Origins of the Hoffarth family
The surname Hoffarth was first found in Gloucestershire
where the name Povey is a provincialism for an owl. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Hoffarth family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoffarth research.Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1705, 1650, 1660, 1690, 1706, 1702, 1706, 1621, 1679, 1673 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Hoffarth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hoffarth 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 Hoffarth include Povey, Povy and others.
Early Notables of the Hoffarth family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Povey (1613-1705) FRS
, London merchant and politician, active in colonial affairs from the 1650s, he was a member from 1660 of Charles II's Council... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoffarth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hoffarth family to Ireland
Some of the Hoffarth family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hoffarth family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hoffarth or a variant listed above:
Hoffarth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Hoffarth, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)