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. [1]

Important Dates for the Hoffey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoffey research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1743, 1699, 1717, 1681 and 1687 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)

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoffey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Migration of the Hoffey family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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.

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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