I have 71 or so, surnames dating back as far as the 1600's. Click
for a Adobe Acrobat document (4.3 meg) that contains most of the information. The
information is from family and research on the internet and letters to Germany
churches. Hopefully most of it is accurate, as accurate as can be.
Here are 15 of my 16 grandparents grandparents.
With the exception of George Kamphaus and Catherine Huinker, all of my great, great
grandparents immigrated to America. See the immigration list.
Three generations before have been married at the
Francis Church in Canute, Oklahoma.
- Eldon Joseph Hoffman and Norma Dean Stamm (my parents) on January 7, 1954
by Fr. Fulton.
- Joseph George Hoffman and Evangeline Marie Schones on November 15, 1932 by
Fr, M. O. Dennis.
- William Joseph Schones and Doratha Henerietta Kamphaus on November 26,
1912 by Fr. Alfonso Henerathals.
At the end of the Middle Ages, the population grew and everyone was required
to take on a surname. Many people chose their profession such as
"Smith", "Miller", etc. But also where they lived such as
Hamburger, Wiener. Or just Johnson = John's son etc.
Hoffman is a German compound noun. Hof = large farming estate. Mann = man. A
man who leased and worked such property. The Hoffman name is very common
and that makes it difficult to research. There must have been a lot of German
Virtually all of my great, great grandparents came over from Prussia
or Germany in the 19th century. Somehow they all found their way to Iowa (Willey, Carroll, St.
Lucas, Festina, Guttenberg, New Vienna, Dedham). And in the same generation
or next ended up in Oklahoma.
The Old Country
Going To America
Ports of Entry
A New Life
Putting Down Roots
These tables are good place to start. They are surnames in alphabetical
order, with the links to the oldest generations from my
mom's (mutter) lineage or see the trees below.
contact me if you have any information I can add to these families or have
questions or comments.
Dad's Tree (Vater Stammbaum) - Hoffman
Surnames (vater familienname) from my dad's side are Austgen, Billen, Boessler, Busen,
Eschs, Ellert, Evers, Flies, Haupert, Hoffman, Huinker Huning, Kamphaus, Krausman, Laparl Lepreall Laparl
Lepreall, Marx, Mayer, Oestricker, Peters, Poesl, Schones Schons, Tenbroyell,
Valentine, Wenning and Zimmerman.
Mom's Tree (Mutter Stammbaum) -Stamm
Surnames (mutter familienname) from my mom's side are
Alberding, Albers, Beckman, Borneman, Brando, Demper, Droppelmann, Fischer(ing),
Fricken, Fuhnen, Glardi, Grete, Greteman, Grewen, Grunders, Honnerlagengrete, Hocken
Hacke, Happen, Hecker, Johann-in-Lau, Klasner Clusterer, Knapp, Lampe,
Lubbeken, Magerkohl, Menne, Meuser, Middendorf, Nolde, Osterman, Peterson,
Pilger, Rechtin, Rectin, Rehkamp, Rekamp, Rempen, Risse, Schaap, Schumacher
Schomaker, Simons, Stam, Stamm, Stegmann, Twisten, Uffelman, Uphaus, Weber,
Weggen, Wellig, Wichardt, Wilbers and Wilmes.
This is a
list of family that immigrated to the United States.