The origins of the Huffan 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 Huffan family
The surname Huffan 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 Huffan family
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Huffan Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Huffan include Hougham, Huffam and others.
Early Notables of the Huffan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Huffan family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Huffan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..