Homem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Homem is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who worked as a servant for Hugh.

"The forms would suggest ‘servant of Hugh’ and the surname may sometimes have this meaning, but such a combination as a personal name is rare or unique. In late Old English times names in -mann were popular and new combinations were formed." [1]

Early Origins of the Homem family

The surname Homem was first found in Huntingdonshire, where there were two records for the family found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Gilbert Houman; and Henry Houman. [2]

Matill filia Hiweman was found in Wiltshire c. 1248 and Hugeman de Assinton was listed in Suffolk in the 13th century. In Huntingdonshire, Willelmus filius Howman was registered there in the Hundredorum Rolls and later, William Hiweman was found in Wiltshire c. 1248. Humphrey Huueman was found in Suffolk in 1277. [1]

Early History of the Homem family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Homem research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1653, 1518, 1585, 1664, 1724 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Homem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Homem Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Homem include Homan, Homans, Howman, Hoeman, Hownam and others.

Early Notables of the Homem family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Howman (1518?-1585) of Feckenham, Worcestershire, the last abbot of Westminster. He "was the son of poor peasants named Howman. The parish priest early discovered his abilities, and through the influence of...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Homem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Homem family to Ireland

Some of the Homem 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 and printed products wherever possible.


United States Homem migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Homem Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Matheus Fernandes Homem, aged 31, originally from Providence, R.I., who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Angra [3]
  • Antonio Fernandes Homem, aged 31, originally from Angra, Terceira, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Roma" from Angra, Terceira, Azores [4]


The Homem Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Labile quod opportunum
Motto Translation: That which is opportune is quickly gone, or opportunity soon slips by.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q9-7ZL : 6 December 2014), Matheus Fernandes Homem, 10 Dec 1919; citing departure port Angra, arrival port New York, ship name Britannia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J684-N46 : 6 December 2014), Antonio Fernandes Homem, 11 Oct 1920; citing departure port Angra, Terceira, Azores, arrival port New York, ship name Roma, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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