Huddleston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Huddleston was derived from a pre-existing place named Huddleston in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [1] [2] The place name is in turn derived from the Old English personal name Hudel, and are said to be originally of Saxon descent. [3]

Early Origins of the Huddleston family

The surname Huddleston was first found in Cumberland, where they originally held Millom Castle at Millom, now in Cumbria . Godard be Boyvill was granted a manor on the site and held the Manor of Millom c. 1134. His granddaughter married into the Hudleston family and ownership was passed in c. 1240. John Hudleston was given a licence to crenellate in 1335. Over the centuries the castle has fallen into ruin and is now used as a farmhouse. [4]

The Curia Regis Rolls of 1200 included Richard de Hudelesdun in Yorkshire at that time. [5]

The parish of Sawston in Cambridgeshire was home to a branch of this illustrious family in early times. "The ancient manor-house here of the Huddleston family was visited by Queen Mary, who spent some time in it." [6]

"Hoddlesden Hall, in the ancient parish of Whalley, [Yorkshire] was probably the residence of the Hoddlestons or Huddlestons of former times. An old family of Huddleston owned the manor of Westhall, Whittington (Whittaker's "Richmond"). Huddlestone was a well - known name in Lincoln from the 14th to the 16th century, during which period six mayors and one sheriff of the city bore the name." [7]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus de Hodilston as holding lands there at that time. In Cumberland, the "Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III." included: John de Hodeleston, Cumberland, 20 Edward I (during the 20th year of King Edward I's reign.) [4]

Early History of the Huddleston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huddleston research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1774, 1296, 1496, 1517, 1557, 1553, 1554, 1554, 1583, 1655, 1583, 1608, 1698 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Huddleston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huddleston Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Huddleston has been spelled many different ways, including Huddleston, Hoddleston, Hodleston, Hiddleston, Hiddlestone and many more.

Early Notables of the Huddleston family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Huddleston who inherited the manor of Sawston in Cambridge in 1496 through his marriage to Isabel, fifth daughter of John, Marquess of Montecute. Sir John Huddleston (1517-1557) of Sawston, Cambridgeshire, was an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Cambridgeshire in October 1553, April 1554 and November 1554. Richard Huddleston (Hudleston) (1583-1655), was an English Benedictine monk, studied philosophy and divinity for a few years in the English College at Rome. He was born in...
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huddleston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Huddleston migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Huddlestons to arrive in North America:

Huddleston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Huddleston, who settled in Maine in 1622
Huddleston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Henry Huddleston, a child apprentice, who arrived in Barbados in 1755
  • Thomas Huddleston, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Huddleston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Huddleston, who arrived in New York in 1838 [8]

Australia Huddleston migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Huddleston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Huddleston, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Gloucester" [9]

New Zealand Huddleston migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Huddleston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Huddleston, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "China" in 1856
  • Frank Huddleston, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "China" in 1856
  • George Huddleston, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "China" in 1856
  • Kate Huddleston, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "China" in 1856
  • Fanny Huddleston, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "China" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Huddleston (post 1700) +

  • David William Huddleston (1930-2016), American Emmy Award nominated actor, best known for his roles in Blazing Saddles, Crime Busters, Santa Claus: The Movie and The Big Lebowski
  • Floyd Huddleston (1918-1991), American Academy Award nominated songwriter, screenwriter, and television producer, best known for his work on The AristoCats (1970), 101 Dalmatians (1996) and Robin Hood (1973)
  • Mark W. Huddleston, American academic, 19th President of the University of New Hampshire
  • Walter Darlington "Dee" Huddleston (b. 1926), retired American politician, United States Senator from Kentucky (1973-1985)
  • George Huddleston Jr. (1920-1971), American Democratic politician, Representative from Alabama (1955-1965)
  • George Huddleston (1869-1960), American politician, U.S. Representative from Alabama (1915-1937)
  • Ferdinand Huddleston (1812-1890), English cricketer, active in the early 1840s
  • Sir John Walter Huddleston (1815-1890), Baron Huddleston, English judge of the Exchequer of Pleas
  • Mr. Alistair John Huddleston M.B.E., British Biology Teacher for Peebles High School, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Education [10]
  • Sisley Huddleston (1883-1952), British journalist and writer imprisoned by the Free French in 1944, as a Vichy collaborator
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Huddleston 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: Soli Deo honor et gloria
Motto Translation: Honour and glory be to God alone.


Suggested Readings for the name Huddleston +

  • 1629 "Jarriot Morgan Huddleston Family, 1775-" by Tim Huddleston, "Josiah Dunn Huddleston, 1782-1865: Ancestors and Descendants" by Irma Huddleston Bloom.

  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  7. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GLOUCESTER 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtmL
  10. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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