Hoffey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Hoffey name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Hoffey was originally derived from a family having lived near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Hoffey 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 Hoffey 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.
Early Origins of the Hoffey family
The surname Hoffey 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.   
Dusting off some centuries-old records we found, Wilielmus de Huff, registered in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
The name is "especially common in Bedfordshire and Northants, fairly so in Suffolk, Essex, Herts and Bucks, and very common in Northumberland and Durham. The nominative singular gives Hough, in Scotland and Northern England Heugh." 
Early History of the Hoffey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoffey research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1564, 1618, 1660, 1651, 1743, 1699, 1717, 1681, 1687 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Hoffey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hoffey Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hoffey include Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.
Early Notables of the Hoffey family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Hough (1651-1743), Bishop of Oxford (1699), and later Bishop of Worcester (1717), best known for the confrontation over his election as President at Magdalen College, Oxford (1681-1687.) He was "the son of John Hough...
Migration of the Hoffey family to Ireland
Some of the Hoffey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hoffey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century