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Hoffman Family Name



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A German surname, the Hoffman family name comes from the German word of ‘hof’ which refers to a farm or settlement and the man who worked the farm.

Spelling variations for Hoffman are numerous and include Hoverman, Hoeffmann, Hoefffman, Hofmann, Hofman, Gofman, Hoffmann and Hofemann.

In Germany the Hoffman surname originated in the Silesia region. In the 1700s and 1800s many Hoffman families moved to America and settled in Pennsylvania.

The states of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri have the higher percentage of Hoffman families in the United States


Famous: Dustin Hoffman (film actor), Abbie Hoffman (American social activist), Jeffrey A. Hoffman (U. S. astronaut), Charles F. Hoffman (poet and author), Edward J. Hoffman (co-inventor of the whole-body medical scanner -PET), Lauren Hoffman (singer), Philip Seymour Hoffman (film actor), Trevor Hoffman (professional baseball player) and Michael Hoffman (movie director).

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