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Hoefs Name Meaning

Dutch and North German (Höfs): probably from Middle Low German hovet, hoft ‘head’, used as a nickname. Shortened form of Dutch van Hoefs, a variant of Hove.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hoeft, Hees, Hoof, Hoen, Roers, Hoff, Heis, Moes, Goers, Hoops

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Where is the Hoefs family from?

You can see how Hoefs families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hoefs family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Hoefs families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 44 Hoefs families living in Wisconsin. This was about 50% of all the recorded Hoefs's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Hoefs families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hoefs surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hoefs ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hoefs. 44% of Hoefs men worked as a Farmer and 57% of Hoefs women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hoefs were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    44%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Farming
    7%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    57%
  • Houseworker
    19%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Hoefs. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hoefs census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 245 immigration records available for the last name Hoefs. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 819 military records available for the last name Hoefs. For the veterans among your Hoefs ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hoefs lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Hoefs life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Hoefs in 1961 was 56, and 75 in 2004.

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