The ancient roots of the Offe family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Offe comes from when the family lived near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Offe is usually derived from the Old English word hoh,
which means heel
or projecting ridge of land.
However, it is sometimes derived from the Old Norse word haugr,
which means mound
Furthermore, the name Offe may be derived from residence in one of a variety of similarly named places: Hoe is in Norfolk; Hoo is in Kent; places called Hooe are in Devon
and Sussex; Hose is in Leicestershire; places named Heugh are in Durham
and Northumberland; and settlements called Hough are found in both Cheshire
Early Origins of the Offe family
The surname Offe was first found in Cheshire
at Hough, a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire
East which dates back to the 13th century when it was first listed as Hohc. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Offe family
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Offe Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Offe has appeared include Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.
Early Notables of the Offe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Offe family to Ireland
Some of the Offe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Offe family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Offe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Johann Offe, aged 37, a tinman, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PAULINE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Pauline.htm
- Claus Offe, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) VICTORIA 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Victoria.htm