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Where did the German Hover family come from? What is the German Hover family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hover family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hover family history?

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.

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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.

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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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.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. 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

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


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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.

This page was last modified on 30 December 2014 at 10:53.

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