Hofmann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The German state of Silesia is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Hofmann. This name is derived from the German word "hof" meaning "settlement" or "farm" and "mann" meaning "man." The name may have originally been born by someone who owned their land as opposed to working someone else's land, or perhaps by the manager, or steward of such an estate.

Early Origins of the Hofmann family

The surname Hofmann was first found in Silesia, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region. Ancient chronicles first mention Otten Buzwoys Hoveman of Liegnitz, Silesia (1383,) Hans Kosche Hoffman of Liegnitz (1558,) and Nickel Hofeman the belt-maker of Goerlitz (1425).

Important Dates for the Hofmann family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hofmann research. Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1540, 1627, 1778, 1845, 1827, 1803, 1789, 1616, 1679, 1640, 1692, 1653, 1719, 1683, 1750, 1685, 1715, 1669 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Hofmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hofmann Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hoffmann, Hofmann, Hoffman, Hofman, Hoeffmann, Hoefmann, Hoeffman, Hoefman, Hofemann, Hofeman, Hovemann, Hoveman and many more.

Early Notables of the Hofmann family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Hofmann were Christian Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau (1616-1679), a German poet of the Baroque era; Pieter Hofman (1640-1692), a Flemish Baroque painter; Martin Hoffmann (1653-1719) a German luthier, based in Leipzig; and his son, Johann Christian Hoffmann (1683-1750)...
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Hofmann migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hofmann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Gabriel Hofmann, who landed in New York, NY in 1709 [1]
  • Peter Hofmann, who arrived in America in 1710 [1]
  • Johannes Hofmann, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Hans Ulrich Hofmann, who landed in Carolina in 1734 [1]
  • Erhard Hofmann, who landed in Carolina in 1738 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hofmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christina Hofmann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Anna Sabina Hofmann, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Magdal Hofmann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Friedr Theod Hofmann, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Susanna Hofmann, who arrived in America in 1836 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hofmann migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hofmann Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David Hofmann, aged 9, who arrived in Quebec in 1893
  • Hans Hofmann, aged 7, who arrived in Quebec in 1893
  • Jacob Hofmann, aged 5, who arrived in Quebec in 1893

Hofmann migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hofmann Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • J.Gottfried Hofmann, aged 26, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hofmann (post 1700)

  • Kenneth Harry Hofmann (1923-2018), American builder, real estate developer and philanthropist, co-owner of the Seattle Seahawks from 1988 to 1997
  • Harold Hofmann (1932-2013), American politician, Mayor of Lawndale, California for 23 years
  • Josef Casimir Hofmann (1876-1957), renowned American pianist
  • Hans Hofmann (1880-1966), German-born American painter
  • Fritz Hofmann (1871-1927), German two time gold, one time silver and one time bronze Olympic medalist for gymnastics in the 1896 games [3]
  • Gert Hofmann (1931-1993), German writer
  • August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818-1892), German chemist
  • Andreas Joseph Hofmann (1752-1849), German philosopher and revolutionary
  • Heinrich Hofmann (1824-1911), German painter
  • Karl-Wilhelm Hofmann, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 44 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Hofmann family

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  • Rudolf Hofmann (1919-1941), German Maschinenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
  • Johann Hofmann (1922-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]

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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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PAULINE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Pauline.htm
  3. ^ Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2014, February 20) Fritz Hofmann. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=58104
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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