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

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


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huddleston research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1774, 1296, 1496, 1517, 1557, 1553, 1554, 1554, 1583, 1655, 1608 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Huddleston History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huddleston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 came to Maryland in 1775

Huddleston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Huddleston, who arrived in New York in 1838

Huddleston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Huddleston, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Gloucester"

Huddleston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Huddleston arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "China" in 1856
  • Frank Huddleston arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "China" in 1856
  • George Huddleston arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "China" in 1856
  • Kate Huddleston arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "China" in 1856
  • Fanny Huddleston arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "China" in 1856


  • 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)
  • David William Huddleston (b. 1930), American Primetime Emmy Award nominated actor, best known for his roles in Blazing Saddles, Santa Claus: The Movie and The Big Lebowski
  • 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
  • Sisley Huddleston (1883-1952), British journalist and writer imprisoned by the Free French in 1944, as a Vichy collaborator
  • William Huddleston (1826-1894), British colonial administrator, Governor of Madras in 1881



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

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.


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The Huddleston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Huddleston 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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