Origins Available: English
The name Hoffe belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Hoffe 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
Furthermore, the name Hoffe 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
Early Origins of the Hoffe family
The surname Hoffe 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 Hohc. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Hoffe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoffe research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1743, 1699, 1717, 1681 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Hoffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hoffe Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hoffe include Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.
Early Notables of the Hoffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hoffe family to Ireland
Some of the Hoffe 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.
Migration of the Hoffe family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hoffe were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Atherton Hough settled in Boston in 1633; John Hough arrived in Philadelphia in 1683 with his wife and child; Richard Hough settled in Pennsylvania in 1683 with his wife and children.