Last name origins & meanings:
- North German, Dutch, and Danish: topographic name or status
name for the owner of a farm, or occupational name for someone who
worked on the main farm in a community, from Middle High and Low
German hof ‘farmstead’, ‘manor farm’, or habitational name from
any of the many places named with this word.
- Norwegian: habitational name from any of numerous
farmsteads named Hov, from Old Norse hof ‘sacrificial temple’.
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