Hoover Surname Genealogy
is an anglicized form
of the German Huber surname, which originally designated a landowner or
prosperous small farmer. Huber or Hueber
(with the umlaut) began as a Swiss name and is now found in
Austria and the south of Germany.
Hoover Resources on
- Andreas Huber Origins – Trippstadt,
Ellerstadt or Ittlingen?
President Hoover’s forebear.
- Isaac and Anna Hoover
Hoovers in Burnet county, Texas.
- The Family of Ludwig Hoover
Hoovers in Canada.
- Hoover DNA Project
early Huber was Bertoldus Hubere, a citizen of
Bern, who was born around 1190. Martin
Huber was recorded as a Basel citizen in 1504.
There were Anabaptist Huber
martyrs in Switzerland and in southern Germany during the 16th
century. The Huber numbers today are
70,000 in Germany.
America. It has been
estimated that more than fifty
Hubers came to America in the years prior to the Revolutionary War,
them being Mennonites. One family
tradition has it that the first Hubers in America were three brothers,
went to Bucks county, Pennsylvania, another to Lancaster county,
and a third to North Carolina.
Most Hubers headed for Pennsylvania. The
first comer was probably Hans Huber from
Switzerland who came via the Palatine in 1710 and settled at Mill Creek
Lancaster county, Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile Jacob Huber from Schleswig-Holstein arrived in
township, Lancaster county in 1719.
These and other Hubers had generally Americanized themselves to
by the 1760’s.
The lines of two famous
Hoovers came be traced back to these early arrivals:
Hoover, the 31st
President of the United States, has been traced back to the immigrant Andreas Huber.
arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738, moved to Maryland in 1746, and finally
along the banks of the Uwharrie river in Randolph county, North
1762. The Hoover mill is
still to be
found there. It was his fourth son John
who started the movement westward, first to Ohio in the early 1800’s
to a Quaker community in Iowa where Herbert Hoover was born in 1874.
Hoover, Director of the FBI, has a line going back to Johannes
purchased land in Germany township in York county, Pennsylvania in 1758. He and his family later lived in Dauphin
county where they were part of the Reformed Mennonites there. Son
Michael moved into the Washington DC
area in 1803 and this was where his descendant J. Edgar Hoover was born
1895. Some irregularities about his
family history and birth certificate have resulted in rumors about J. Edgar Hoover’s ancestry
circulating during his
lifetime and afterwards.
Hoovers were Loyalists to the English Crown and
migrated north to Canada in the 1790’s. A
number of Hoovers later moved west from Pennsylvania as the 19th
Martin Hoover of the
Mennonite church settled in Elkhart county, Indiana in 1845.
moved to Ohio sometime in the 1840’s. His
son William H. Hoover, the man behind the Hoover Company of vacuum cleaners, was
born in Canton, Ohio in
Isaac and Anna Hoover moved from
Tennessee to Burnet county in Texas in 1853 and an area that came to be
as Hoover’s valley.
Leonce Hoover was a Swiss who came to America with his
family and was an early settler in Los Angeles (Hoover Street in Los Angeles was named
after him). His son Vincent was a real
in the area.
Hoover was a Mennonite Loyalist who brought his family from
Canada at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War.
He settled in Haldimand county, Ontario. Ludwig
Hoover and his family, who settled in
York county, were among a number of other Hoover families who made the
north. The DNA’s of both Jacob and Ludwig Hoover
has been tested.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
H. Hoover acquired
the vacuum cleaner patents in 1908 of what was to become the Hoover
was the 31st President of the United States, in office from 1928 to
presiding over the start of the Great Depression.
J. Edgar Hoover was the
first Director of the FBI. Appointed the
Director of its predecessor in 1924, he remained in charge of the FBI
death in 1977.
Select Hoovers Today
- 24,000 in America (most numerous in Pennsylvania)
- 2,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)
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