HOOVER Surname Meaning and Origin

What Does the Last Name Hoover Mean?

The Hoover surname is an Anglicization of Huber, a last name used to designate a large land owner or prosperous farmer.
The Hoover surname was originally used to distinguish a large land owner or prosperous farmer. Getty / JacobH

The Hoover surname is an Anglicized form of the German and Dutch name Huber, meaning "a large measure of land" or "a man who owns a hube (a 30-60 acre parcel of land)," from the Middle High German huober and Middle Dutch huve. Hoover was typically a status name for a prosperous land owner or farmer whose land holdings were appreciably larger than that of the average peasant. However, it is also possible the name was used by individuals who only worked on a large property in return for a wage.

Surname Origin: Dutch


Where in the World is the HOOVER Surname Found?

According to WorldNames public profiler, the Hoover surname is found in the greatest numbers in the United States, with the largest population percentage coming from Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, Kansas and Ohio. It is next most commonly found in Canada. Very few individuals named Hoover live in countries outside of North America, although there are scattered individuals with that surname found in New Zealand and a number of European countries.

Famous People with the Surname HOOVER

  • Herbert Hoover - 31st president of the United States
  • Erna Schneider Hoover - inventor of the computerized telephone switching system
  • J. Edgar Hoover - first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States

​Genealogy Resources for the Surname HOOVER

The Hoover Family Genetic Genealogy Research Project
The Hoover Family Project at Family Tree DNA "welcomes all Hoover and Huber descendants who are interested in working together to discover their heritage through sharing of information and DNA testing."

The Huber-Hoover Family History 
This 1928 book by Harry M. Hoover traces the descendants of Hans Huber from the time of his arrival in Pennsylvania down to the eleventh generation. View the book for free on FamilySearch.

Hoover Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Hoover surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Hoover surname query.

FamilySearch - HOOVER Genealogy
Explore over 760,000 results, including digitized records, database entries, and online family trees for the Hoover surname and its variations on the FREE FamilySearch website, courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

HOOVER Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts a free mailing list for researchers of the Hoover surname. Browse or search the archives, or join the list to receive new messages.

DistantCousin.com - HOOVER Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Hoover.

The Hoover Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Hoover surname from the website of Genealogy Today.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1967.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

MacLysaght, Edward. Surnames of Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1989.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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