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The German state of Silesia is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Huffman. 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.

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The surname Huffman 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).

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huffman research. Another 745 words (53 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 Huffman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the period with the surname Huffman 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)...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huffman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Huffman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Huffman, who landed in Virginia in 1729
  • Katherine Huffman, who arrived in Virginia in 1729

Huffman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Huffman, who arrived in Maryland in 1803
  • David Huffman, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Charles Huffman, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Frank P Huffman, who landed in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1862
  • Peter Huffman, aged 39, landed in Missouri in 1864

Huffman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Huffman, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1900
  • N. H. Huffman, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Oscar Huffman, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Edmund Huffman, aged 60, who landed in America from Clomnet, England, in 1909
  • Evelyn Huffman, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
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Huffman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sgt. Christopher Huffman U.E. from Knowlton Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Leeds and Grenville County, Ontario c. 1784 he enlisted in 1777 serving in the New Jersey Volunteers he died in 1804 in Glanford, Lincoln County, Ontario, married to Anne Smith they had 6 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
  • Mr. Jacob Huffman U.E. (b. 1756) born in Ireland from Camden Valley, New York, USA who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 married to Margaret Embury they had 10 children [2]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. John Nicholas Huffman Jr., U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [3]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. Nicholas Huffman U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]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. Paul Huffman U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]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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Huffman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Paul, Huffman Jr., who arrived in Canada in 1834
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  • Aaron Huffman (1973-2016), American rock bassist for the band Harvey Danger
  • Nathaniel Thomas Huffman (1975-2015), American professional basketball player
  • Harvey Huffman (d. 1938), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 14th District, 1911-14, 1923-30, 1935-38
  • Chad Daniel Huffman (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played with the New York Yankees in 2010
  • John William Huffman (b. 1932), American professor emeritus of organic chemistry at Clemson University
  • Nathaniel "Nate" Thomas Huffman (b. 1975), American former NBA professional basketball player
  • James Wylie Huffman (1894-1980), American politician, Democratic Party politician from Ohio
  • George P. Huffman (1862-1897), American businessman, founder of the Huffman Manufacturing Company, later called Huffy Manufacturing
  • David Huffman (1945-1985), American character actor who was murdered by a thief in San Diego, California
  • David Lambert Huffman (1957-1998), American college and NFL football player
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  • Stuckey-Huffman Cousins by Opal L. Streiff.
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Citations



  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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  5. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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