Hoffner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hoffner surname is derived from the Middle High German word "oven," meaning an oven; and as such the name was probably originally an occupational name for a baker, or someone who made or used ovens.

Early Origins of the Hoffner family

The surname Hoffner was first found in Brunswick, where the name Offner was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Hoffner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoffner research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoffner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoffner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Offner, Oeffner, Offen, Ofner, Ofener, Offener, Hoffner, Hoeffner, Hoffen, Hofner, Ovener, Hoverner and many more.

Early Notables of the Hoffner family (pre 1700)

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United States Hoffner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hoffner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jeuly Mayer Hoffner, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Hans Georg Hoffner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Jacob Hoffner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Johan Michel Hoffner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Matheis Hoffner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hoffner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjn. Hoffner, who settled in Baltimore in 1832
  • Hilarius Hoffner, aged 13, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
  • Jacques Hoffner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
  • Jean Chretien Hoffner, aged 5, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
  • Jean Jacques Hoffner, aged 38, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hoffner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hoffner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Hoffner, who landed in Canada in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoffner (post 1700) +

  • Sebastian Fabian "Buckshot" Hoffner (1924-2015), American politician, Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives
  • Joseph Cardinal Höffner (1906-1987), German prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, who served as Archbishop of Cologne (1969-1987)


  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)


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