German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): 1. status name for a steward on an farm or estate (see Hoffmann). 2. German (Höffner): status name for a prosperous small farmer, from an agent noun derivative of Middle Low German huove, a measure of land. Compare German Huber. 3. German: variant spelling of Hofner, habitational name from any of several places called Hof. 4. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Hopfer.