Meaning and Origin of: Hoffmann

Family name origins & meanings

  • German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : status name for a steward on a farm or estate, from German hof(f) ‘manorfarm’, ‘courtyard’ +Mann ‘man’. Originally, this was a status name for a farmer who owned his own land as opposed to holding it by rent or feudal obligation, but the name soon came to denote the manager or steward of a manor farm, in which sense it is extremely frequent throughout central and eastern Europe; also among Jews, since many Jews held managerial positions on non-Jewish estates.