Huffaker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Huffaker surname are thought to be habitational, that is, derived from a pre-existing place name. The place name in turn is based on the Old English word "hoh," meaning "the spur of a hill."

Early Origins of the Huffaker family

The surname Huffaker was first found in Kent at Hougham, a parish, in the union of Newark, wapentake of Loveden [1] where one of the first records of the name was found in the Pipe Rolls of 1207 as William de Huham. [2] Today Church Hougham and West Hougham, collectively known as "Hougham" are within Hougham Without, in the district of Dover. The Channel Tunnel runs underground just south of West Hougham. Hougham is also small parish in Lincolnshire and ironically it is this parish which is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Hacham. [3]

Important Dates for the Huffaker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huffaker research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1157, 1199, 1606 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Huffaker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huffaker 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. Huffaker has been spelled many different ways, including Hougham, Huffam and others.

Early Notables of the Huffaker family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Huffaker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Huffaker family

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 Huffakers to arrive in North America: Pearce Houghan, who arrived in Maryland in 1679; Solomon Huffam, who arrived in Virginia in 1721; and William Huffam, who came to New York, NY in 1822..

Contemporary Notables of the name Huffaker (post 1700)

  • George W. Huffaker, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Helena, Montana, 1902-10 [4]
  • Calloway Huffaker, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964 [4]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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