Solutions to the reasoning behind the assorted spellings for the surname Huffstutter reveal that of the four known sons of Ulrich Huffstutter all chose to vary the surname spelling. James of Trumbull Co., Ohio is apparently the source for the use of the spelling Hofsteater/ Hofstetter. That leaves the Mathew branch in Wayne Co., Ohio using the spelling Hoffstatter/ Hoffstetter and John of Bourbon/Nicholas Co., KY using the spelling Huffstutter/Huffstetter. George, who settled in Floyd Co., IN, stays pretty much with the Huffstutter spelling except for the descendants of his daughter Catherine that married into the Hostetler/Hostetter family. We are beginning to make sense of the surname puzzle.