The surname is an anglicization of German Huber or Low German Hufer, originally designating a landowner or a prosperous small-scale farmer. The common noun and verb are taken from the brand name of one of the first vacuum cleaners (see hoover).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhuːvə(r)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhuvɚ/
- Rhymes: -uːvə(r)
- Homophone: hoover
- Hyphenation: Hoo‧ver