German (Hösch): 1. (North German): nickname from a reduced form of Middle Low German hovesch ‘courtly’, a derivative of hof ‘court’ (see Hoff). 2. (South German): probably a nickname for a scornful person, from Middle High German hoschen ‘to mock’, hosche ‘mockery’. 3. (eastern German, of Slavic origin): from a pet form of the personal name Johannes (see Johann, John).