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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.

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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoffner research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoffner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • Hans Georg Hoffner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Jacob Hoffner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Johan Michel Hoffner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Matheis Hoffner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
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Hoffner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjn. Hoffner, who came to Baltimore in 1832
  • Hilarius Hoffner, aged 13, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Jacques Hoffner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Jean Chretien Hoffner, aged 5, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Jean Jacques Hoffner, aged 38, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
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Hoffner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Hoffner, who landed in Canada in 1841
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  • 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)
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    7. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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