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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hoffner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


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


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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The Hoffner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hoffner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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