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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hoffman, Malvina Hoffmannoun

    United States sculptor (1887-1966)

  2. Hoffman, Dustin Hoffmannoun

    versatile United States film actor (born in 1937)


  1. Hoffman

    Hoffman is a surname of German and Jewish origin. The original meaning in medieval times was "steward", i.e. one who manages the property of another. In English and other European languages, including Yiddish and Dutch, the name can also be spelled Hoffmann, Hofmann, Hofman, Huffman, Hofmans.


  1. hoffman

    Hoffman is a popular surname of German origin. The literal meaning is "steward" or "manager". The name can also refer to Hoffman's method or Hoffman apparatus, used in chemistry for electrolysis. Additionally, Hoffman can refer to several notable persons, places or businesses such as actor Dustin Hoffman or the Hoffman Estates in Illinois. The context in which the name is used would specify its exact reference.


  1. Hoffman

    The Hoffman had two prototype vehicles built by the R.C. Hoffman company of Detroit, Michigan in 1931. They were front-drive vehicles, powered by Lycoming straight-8 engines. The wheels were carried on solid load-bearing axles. Semi-elliptical springs were equipped on the front end, along with torque arms.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hoffman is ranked #224 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hoffman surname appeared 131,401 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 45 would have the surname Hoffman.

    94% or 123,622 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 2,786 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 1,761 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 1,656 total occurrences were Black.
    0.6% or 828 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 736 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hoffman in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hoffman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Hoffman in a Sentence

  1. Bruce Barnes:

    Our board of trustees, staff, and members are thrilled that this wonderful sculpture of Philip Seymour Hoffman has been placed at our Dryden Theatre, since the museum was founded, one of our key missions has been to preserve and exhibit motion pictures, and this statue enables us to recognize Hoffman’s extraordinary contribution to the art of cinema.

  2. Liam Neeson:

    The Dustin Hoffman thing, I’m on the fence about that, when you’re doing a play and you’re with your family – other actors, technicians – you do silly things and it becomes kind of superstitious if you don’t do it every night you think it’s going to jinx the show. I’m not saying I’ve done similar things to what [Hoffman] apparently did but it’s childhood stuff.

  3. Liam Neesonhas:

    Because when you’re doing a play and you’re with your family, other actors, technicians, you do silly things. You do silly things. And it becomes kind of superstitious, if you don’t do it every night, you think it’s going to jinx the show, i think Dustin Hoffman was — I ’m not saying I’ve done similar things like what Dustin Hoffman did, Liam Neesonhas know. Apparently Dustin Hoffman touched another girl’s breast and stuff. But it’s childhood stuff, what Dustin Hoffman was doing.

  4. Burt Ward:

    The studio said ‘[ABC] doesn’t want you to do it… We’ve got the hottest show on television, and we don’t want to dilute you doing something else, so you can’t do it,’ i was really dejected. I thought I should do this. So I called Larry and... I told him I wanted to do it so badly, but I can’t. He said, ‘Don’t worry about it. It’s a small movie.’ By the way, the name of the movie was ‘The Graduate.’ When they couldn’t get me, they got another young actor name Dustin Hoffman.

  5. Spider-Man:

    J. Jonah Jameson Hoffman, run down to the patent office and market the name Green Goblin. I want a quarter every time someone says it.

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