The parish of Hof (Hof prestegjeld) consisted previously of the three existing sub-parishes: Hof church, Hof Finnskog church and Arneberg church. It had also included the parishes Åsnes and Våler until 1848, when these parishes were separated out to form Åsnes clerical district.
The parish was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Åsnes og Våler was separated from Hof to constitute a separate municipality in 1849. The split left Hof with a population of 2,913. On 1 January 1963 Hof was incorporated into the municipality of Åsnes. Prior to the merger Hof had a population of 3,222. On 1 January 1969 the district Rotberget, which was a part of Hof until 1963, was moved to Grue municipality.
The municipality (originally the parish) was named after the old farm Hof (Norse Hof), since the first church was built on its ground. The name is identical with the word hof, "temple" (for the Norse gods).
- Dag Jukvam / Statistics Norway (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen".[permanent dead link]
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