Hoover Surname Genealogy

Hoover is an anglicized form of the German Huber surname, which originally designated a landowner or a prosperous small farmer. Huber or Hueber (with the umlaut) began as a Swiss name and is now found in Switzerland, Austria and the south of Germany. 
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Hoover Ancestry

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
in Switzerland and in southern Germany during the 16th
century. The Huber numbers today are

  • 15,000
    in Switzerland
  • 22,000
    in Austria
  • and
    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,
many of
them being Mennonites. One family
tradition has it that the first Hubers in America were three brothers,
one who
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:

  • Herbert
    , the 31st
    President of the United States, has been traced back to the immigrant Andreas Huber.
    He apparently
    arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738, moved to Maryland in 1746, and finally
    along the banks of the Uwharrie river in Randolph county, North
    Carolina in
    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
    and then
    to a Quaker community in Iowa where Herbert Hoover was born in 1874.
  • J.
    , Director of the FBI, has a line going back to Johannes
    Huber who
    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

  • Bishop
    Martin Hoover of the
    Mennonite church settled in Elkhart county, Indiana in 1845.
  • Daniel
    Hoover had
    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
  • while
    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
estate developer
in the area.

Canada. Jacob
was a Mennonite Loyalist who brought his family from
Pennsylvania to
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.

Hoover Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Hoover Names

H. Hoover
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
1932 and
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
until his
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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