Bavaria. The name is made up of two elements, "huf," meaning "hoof," and "nagel," meaning "nail," and was most likely originally borne by a farrier, a maker and fitter of horseshoes.
Early Origins of the Hoffnagle family
Bavaria in 1280. The Low German variation of the name, Hofnagel, could be found during this period in the northern regions of Schleswig-Holstein and Pomerania; Joh. Hofnagel was recorded to be living in Rostock in 1285. The young Hoffnagle family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval German society.
Early History of the Hoffnagle family
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Hoffnagle Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Hufnagel, Huffnagel, Hofnagel, Hoffnagel, Hoofnagle, Hofnagle, Hoffnagle, Hufnagle and many more.
Early Notables of the Hoffnagle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hoffnagle family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Arnold Hufnagel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1734; Johannes Hufnagel, who emigrated from the Palatinate to Pennsylvania in 1752; Leonhard Hufnagel, a Hessian mercenary who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia after fighting in the American Revolution, Christopher Hofnagel, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1792.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hoffnagle (post 1700)
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