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The HOFFMAN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 132,645 195 0.049 492
United States (1880 census) 32,372 156 0.065 647
Change since 1880 +100273 -39 -0.016 -155
Other Countries
Australia 1,825 890 0.011 112
United Kingdom 1,272 4304 0.003 28
Top States for HOFFMAN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Pennsylvania 13,598 40 0.111 1,107
California 10,199 272 0.030 301
New York 8,451 125 0.045 445
Florida 7,872 194 0.049 493
Ohio 7,476 113 0.066 658
Top States for HOFFMAN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Dakota 1,068 24 0.141 1,415
Pennsylvania 13,598 40 0.111 1,107
Wisconsin 5,162 47 0.096 962
North Dakota 591 50 0.092 920
Minnesota 4,376 54 0.089 890


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called HOFFMAN live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called HOFFMAN represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called HOFFMAN in Pennsylvania than any other state, but you are more likely to find a HOFFMAN by picking someone at random in South Dakota than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of HOFFMAN

Language of origin: Hebrew

Religious origin: Jewish

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the HOFFMAN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of HOFFMAN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 703 0.53
Asian/Pacific 584 0.44
White (Caucasian) 126,610 95.45
Black/African American 1,472 1.11
Mixed Race 1,380 1.04
White (Hispanic) 1,897 1.43

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the HOFFMAN surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of HOFFMAN in historical publications

(origin: Dutch.) From Hoofdman, a captain, a director, head or chief man. Hofman, from Hof, a court--the man of the court.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to HOFFMAN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HOFFMAN.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for HOFFMAN

The following words are slight variants of HOFFMAN that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.