The origins of the Huffam 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 Huffam family
The surname Huffam was first found in Kent
at Hougham, a parish, in the union of Newark, wapentake
of Loveden CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
where one of the first records of the name was found in the Pipe Rolls
of 1207 as William de Huham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Huffam family
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Huffam Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Huffam were recorded, including Hougham, Huffam and others.
Early Notables of the Huffam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Huffam family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Huffam family emigrate to North America:
Huffam Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Solomon Huffam, who arrived in Virginia in 1721
Huffam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Huffam, who settled in New York, NY in 1822
Contemporary Notables of the name Huffam (post 1700)
- Mark Huffam, American film producer. He won the "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures" for: "Saving Private Ryan" (1998)
- James Palmer Huffam (1897-1968), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, for deeds in France in 1918