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Hofer Family History

Hofer Name Meaning

South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived at, worked on, or managed a farm, from Middle High German hof ‘farmstead’, ‘manor farm’, ‘court’ + the agent suffix -er. Compare Hoffmann.

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


Similar surnames: Hober, Hopfer, Homer, Hafer, Hoger, Hayer, Hoefer, Kober, Holter

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Where is the Hofer family from?

You can see how Hofer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hofer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hofer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Hofer families living in Ohio. This was about 57% of all the recorded Hofer's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Hofer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hofer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hofer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hofer. 31% of Hofer men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Hofer women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hofer were Carpenter and Waitress.

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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
    31%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Waitress
    8%
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Census Records

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Hofer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hofer 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Hofer. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Hofer. For the veterans among your Hofer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hofer lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Hofer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Hofer in 1945 was 29, and 75 in 2004.

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