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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch : from Middle Dutch hose ‘hose’, ‘stocking’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a knitter of hose (garments for the legs), or a nickname for someone who wore a striking style of hose.
  • Dutch : nickname from hoofse ‘courtly’, ‘mannered’, ‘well-bred’.

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