The surname Hofmeister was first found in Switzerland, where the name came was representative of a chamberlain of a noble or princely household who managed the affairs of the estate or estates. Therefore, literally, it is the 'estate master'. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Important Dates for the Hofmeister family
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Hofmeister Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Hofmeister, Hoffmeister, Hofmester, Hovemester, Hovemeister, Havemeister, Havemester and many more.
Early Notables of the Hofmeister family (pre 1700)
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Hofmeister migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hofmeister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Albrecht Hofmeister, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
Albrecht Hofmeister, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 
Francois Hofmeister, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782 
Hofmeister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Jacob Hofmeister, aged 21, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 
Johann Adam Hofmeister, who landed in America in 1832 
Ernst Hofmeister, aged 43, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 
Amalie Hofmeister, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847
Peter Hofmeister, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hofmeister (post 1700)
Anne M Hofmeister Ph.D., American Research Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University
William H Hofmeister Ph.D., Director of the Center for Laser Applications at the University of Tennessee
Christine Hofmeister Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Lehigh University
Franz Hofmeister (1850-1922), early protein scientist, famous for his studies of salts that influence the solubility and conformational stability of proteins
^ 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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