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Where did the English Hummer family come from? What is the English Hummer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hummer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hummer family history?

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Humberston, Humerston, Humberstone, Humblestone, Humbleston, Hummerston, Hummerstone, Humerston, Humerstone, Hunbertson, Hubertson, Humberson, Humerston, Humberstone, Umberston, Umberstone and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire at Humberston, a large sea coast village and civil parish to the south of Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire. The village takes its name from a large boulder, the Humber Stone, which can still be seen at the entrance to the village library. The village dates back to the Domesday Book [1] where is was recorded as Humbrestone and literally meant "place by the boundary stone in the River Humber" [2] Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Humberston, held by Ivo Tailbois, chief tenant who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hummer research. Another 387 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1510, 1600, 1102, 1560 and 1476 are included under the topic Early Hummer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hummer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hummer or a variant listed above:

Hummer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joh Georg Hummer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

Hummer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Hummer, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1893

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  • John Hummer (b. 1948), American retired professional NBA basketball player and venture capitalist
  • Craig B. Hummer, American sportscaster
  • Terry Randolph "T.R." Hummer (b. 1950), American poet, critic, essayist, editor, and professor
  • Dr. Michael G. Hummer, American researcher of biomedicine and the physician at South Pole Station in the winter of 1975 from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, eponym of Mount Hummer, Antarctica
  • Ian MacDonald Hummer (b. 1990), American professional basketball player for ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga
  • Julia Hummer (b. 1980), German actress and singer


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Hummer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hummer 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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