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

The ancestors of the name Huff date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Huff is usually derived from the Old English word hoh, which means heel or projecting ridge of land. However, it is sometimes derived from the Old Norse word haugr, which means mound or hill. Furthermore, the name Huff may be derived from residence in one of a variety of similarly named places: Hoe is in Norfolk; Hoo is in Kent; places called Hooe are in Devon and Sussex; Hose is in Leicestershire; places named Heugh are in Durham and Northumberland; and settlements called Hough are found in both Cheshire and Derby.


Huff has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.

First found in Cheshire at Hough, a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East which dates back to the 13th century when it was first listed as Hohc. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huff research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1743, 1699, 1717, 1681 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Huff History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Huff 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.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Huffs to arrive on North American shores:

Huff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Huff, who landed in Virginia in 1624
  • Richard Huff, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Peter Huff, who arrived in New Jersey in 1675

Huff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Geo Huff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Philip Peter Huff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johan Philip Huff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1767

Huff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philipp Huff, who landed in New York in 1843
  • Philip Huff, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1843
  • John Huff, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • William Huff, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1851
  • Valentine Huff, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1854

Huff Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Private. James Huff U.E., "Hough" (b. 1767) born in New York, USA from New York, USA who arrived at Machiche, Quebec c. 1779he died in 1784 aged just 17, he enlisted in 1780 and served in the King's Royal Regiment of New York
  • Mr. Paul Huff U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Solomon Huff U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Asa Huff U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Henry Huff U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Huff Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Huff landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845


  • Tom Huff (1934-2013), American businessman and politician in the Washington House of Representatives 1995-2000
  • Robert "Sam" Lee Huff (b. 1934), American NFL football player, coach and commentator
  • Orlando Huff (b. 1978), American NFL football player
  • Michael Huff (b. 1983), American NFL football player
  • Leon Huff (b. 1942), Afro-American songwriter and record producer
  • Gene Huff (1929-2011), American politician, Kentucky State Senator
  • David Huff (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • David Huff (b. 1961), American songwriter and record producer, and foundation member of Giant along with brother Dann
  • Darrell Huff (1913-2001), American economist and author of "How to Lie with Statistics"
  • Dann Huff (b. 1960), American singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer, recipient of the Musician of the Year award (2001 and 2004)



  • Hough and Huff Families of the U.S. by Granville W. Hough.
  • A Huff Genealogy: Descendants of Engelbert Huff of Dutchess County, New York by George Lockwood Trigg.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  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. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. 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. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Huff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Huff 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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