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Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Hover. Hereditary surnames were adopted in this region after the 12th century, and surnames were derived from localities were common. Local surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. The Hover family originally lived on a farmstead. The name Hover is derived from the Old German and German word hof, which means settlement, farm or court.

Hover Early Origins



The surname Hover was first found in Westphalia, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation.The name probably stems from the German word "Hof" meaning "court."

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Hover Spelling Variations


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Hover Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Hover include Hof, Hoff, Hoffe, Hofer, Hoefer, Hoeffer, Hoffer, Hofle, Hoefe, Hofler, Hoefler, Hofner and many more.

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Hover Early History


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Hover Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hover research. Another 717 words (51 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1829, 1378, 1662, 1773, 1629 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Hover History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hover Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hover Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them were:

Hover Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Blanch Hover, who landed in Maryland in 1662

Hover Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Hover, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761

Hover Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elis Hover, who arrived in America in 1847
  • Anthony Hover, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1853
  • Friedrich August Hover, aged 22, landed in America in 1867
  • Josephine Hover, aged 38, landed in America in 1881

Hover Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Caspar Hover U.E., "Casper, Hoover" born in Holland who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1783 he died from a falling tree c. 1785 - 1786, married to Barbara Monk [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Henry Hover U.E. (b. 1763) from Westchester County, New York, USA who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Butler's Rangers, married to Jane Huff in 1790 they had 11 children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hover (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hover (post 1700)



  • Donald R. "Don" Hover (b. 1954), American retired NFL football linebacker
  • Dow B. Hover (1901-1990), the last person to serve as a State Electrician (executioner) of the New York State

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  4. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  7. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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The Hover Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hover 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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