Hoffmeister History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Hoffmeister family

The surname Hoffmeister was first found in Switzerland, where the name came was representative of a chamberlain of a noble or princely household who managed the affairs of the estate or estates. Therefore, literally, it is the 'estate master'. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Important Dates for the Hoffmeister family

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Hoffmeister Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hofmeister, Hoffmeister, Hofmester, Hovemester, Hovemeister, Havemeister, Havemester and many more.

Early Notables of the Hoffmeister family (pre 1700)

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Hoffmeister migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hoffmeister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A. M. Schopp Hoffmeister, who arrived in America in 1838
  • Johann David Hoffmeister, aged 37, who arrived in America in 1843 [1]
  • Marie Hoffmeister, aged 29, who landed in America in 1844 [1]
  • Phillip Hoffmeister, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • Peter Hoffmeister, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [1]
Hoffmeister Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Hoffmeister, who settled in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1904

Hoffmeister migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hoffmeister Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Hoffmeister, (b. 1839), aged 24, German carpenter, from Germany travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [2]
  • Mr. Charles Hoffmeister, (b. 1841), aged 22, German boot maker, from Germany travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoffmeister (post 1700)

  • Franz Hoffmeister (1898-1943), German Roman Catholic priest and the founder of the Sauerländer Heimatbund and Festspiele Balver Höhle
  • Edmund Hoffmeister (1893-1951), German officer in the German Army, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Gunhild Hoffmeister (b. 1944), East German middle distance runner at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Frank Hoffmeister (b. 1965), West German silver and three-time bronze medalist backstroke swimmer
  • Cuno Hoffmeister (1892-1968), German astronomer and founder of Sonneberg Observatory, eponym of the Hoffmeister lunar crater
  • Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812), German composer and music publisher
  • Major-General Bertram Meryl "Bert" Hoffmeister OC, CB, CBE, DSO and Bar, ED (1907-1999), General Officer Commanding Canadian Pacific Force (1945) [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 15) Bertram Hoffmeister. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hoffmeister/Bertram_Meryl/Canada.html
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