Hofer Family History

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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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Hofer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hofer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hofer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Hofer Family Origin

Where is the Hofer family from?

Hofer Family Occupations

What did your Hofer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Hofer family was Works On Col Farm. The most common Hofer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Hofer's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hofer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Works On Col Farm


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hofer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hofer Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Hofer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Hofer Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hofer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hofer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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