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Where did the English Huff family come from? What is the English Huff family crest and coat of arms? When did the Huff family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Huff family history?The ancestors of the name Huff date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Huff is usually derived from the Old English word hoh, which means heel or projecting ridge of land. However, it is sometimes derived from the Old Norse word haugr, which means mound or hill. Furthermore, the name Huff may be derived from residence in one of a variety of similarly named places: Hoe is in Norfolk; Hoo is in Kent; places called Hooe are in Devon and Sussex; Hose is in Leicestershire; places named Heugh are in Durham and Northumberland; and settlements called Hough are found in both Cheshire and Derby.
Huff has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huff research. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1743, 1699 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Huff History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Huff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Huffs to arrive on North American shores:
Huff Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Huff Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Huff Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Huff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Huff Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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