When Gregoria Frederikke Zoffmann was born on 16 October 1840, in Lysmose, Nordborg, Slesvig, Denmark, her father, Alexander Nicolai Zoffmann, was 51 and her mother, Anna Marie Frederiksen, was 39. She married Jorgen Hellesoe on 23 October 1858, in Nordborg, Slesvig, Denmark. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Sønder Bjert, Nørre Tyrstrup, Vejle, Denmark in 1870 and San Antonio Judicial Township, Monterey, California, United States in 1900.
Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Gerhard, Hans, Heinz, Otto, Dieter, Klaus, Wolfgang, Armin, Manfred, Ernst, Erwin.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): status name for a steward on a farm or estate, from German Hof(f) ‘farm, manor farm, courtyard’ + Mann ‘man’. Originally, this was a status name for a farmer who owned his own land as opposed to holding it by rent or feudal obligation, but the name soon came to denote the manager or steward of a manor farm, in which sense it is frequent also among Jews, since many Jews held managerial positions on non-Jewish estates. This form of the surname is also established in many other parts of Europe, notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine), Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Czechia, and the Netherlands. Compare Hofman , Hofmann , Homann , and Huffman .
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