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Anglicised from German Hoffmann, also a Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname originally spelled both Hoffman and Hoffmann: 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 the Jewish, since many Jewish people held managerial positions on non-Jewish estates.

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  1. A surname​.