Show ContentsHuck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Huck is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It is thought to be derived from the Old English personal name "Ucca," a pet-form of "Uhtraed." Alternatively, it may be related to the Old English "hoc," meaning "hook"; in this case, the name would probably refer to someone with a hooked or bent figure.

Early Origins of the Huck family

The surname Huck was first found in Lincolnshire where the first entry for the name Hucche, was without a forename in 1150. Gamel filius Hucca was a Knights Templar in Yorkshire in 1185. William Hukke was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 in Huntingdonshire. [1]

As the name has patronymic and nickname origins, it is likely to have emerged independently in several different places during the Middle Ages, thus creating several different founding branches of the Huck family.

Early History of the Huck family

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Huck Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Huck include Huck, Hucks, Hux, Huckes, Ucke and others.

Early Notables of the Huck family (pre 1700)

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Huck Ranking

In the United States, the name Huck is the 8,289th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2] However, in France, the name Huck is ranked the 4,497th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [3]

United States Huck migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Huck or a variant listed above:

Huck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Huck, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [4]
  • Nath Huck, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 [4]
Huck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francois Huck, who arrived in America in 1777-1783 [4]
Huck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Caspar Huck, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [4]
  • Theod Huck, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [4]
  • August Wilhelm Ferdinand Huck, aged 43, who arrived in America in 1846 [4]
  • Henry I Huck, who arrived in Texas in 1851 [4]
  • Joseph Huck, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Huck (post 1700) +

  • Winnifred Mason Huck (1882-1936), American journalist and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois (1922-1923)
  • Richard Huck, retired United States Marine Corps officer, former Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Division (2004-2006)
  • Paul C. Huck (b. 1940), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2010-)
  • John Lloyd Huck (1922-2012), American business executive and philanthropist, CEO of Merck & Co. and Nova Pharmaceutical Corporation
  • Tom Huck (b. 1971), American printmaker best known for his large scale woodcuts
  • Violette Huck (b. 1988), French tennis player ranked World no. 158 in 2009
  • Marco Huck (b. 1984), born Muamer Hukic, a German professional boxer, current IBO cruiserweight champion
  • Karsten Huck (b. 1945), German silver and bronze medalist equestrian
  • Jean-Noël Huck (b. 1948), French former professional footballer and manager who played from 1968 to 1987, member of the France National Team (1970-1975)
  • Bill Huck (b. 1965), German two-time gold and silver medalist racing cyclist in the 1980s
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook