Where does the last name come from?
Hofmann or Hoffmann was the name of the tenant of a farmor or the landlord of peasants committed to the service, occasionally also a courtier.
The Old Franconian name Huber is related. Hobemann is the Hessian variant and Havemann/Hamann Is Low German.
Hoffmann was the most common professional name in Silesia, corresponding to the West and Southern German Meier, i.e. estate managers at stately farms, also on country estates of patricians
Distribution in Germany 2002
Variants of the name
Hoffmann in the family tree: Link