Huffer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Huffer is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person with the characteristics of an owl. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk-tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.
Early Origins of the Huffer family
The surname Huffer was first found in Gloucestershire where the name Povey is a provincialism for an owl. 
Early History of the Huffer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huffer research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1705, 1650, 1660, 1652, 1743, 1690, 1706, 1702, 1706, 1621, 1679, 1673 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Huffer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Huffer 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 Huffer include Povey, Povy and others.
Early Notables of the Huffer family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Povey (1613-1705) FRS, London merchant and politician, active in colonial affairs from the 1650s, he was a member from 1660 of Charles II's Council for Foreign Plantations.
Charles Povey (c. 1652-1743), was an English miscellaneous writer...
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Migration of the Huffer family to Ireland
Some of the Huffer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Huffer migration to the United States +
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 Huffer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Huffer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Huffer, who landed in Virginia in 1639 
Huffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Christn Huffer, aged 34, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 
- Gedon Huffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 
Huffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James O Huffer, aged 22, who landed in Missouri in 1845 
- Franz Alexander Huffer, who landed in America in 1849 
Huffer migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Huffer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Huffer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 
- John Huffer, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Huffer (post 1700) +
- Sally Huffer (b. 1965), American LGBT activist
- Fred K. Huffer (1879-1943), American composer and conductor
- Teddy Huffer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2004 
- Jerald Huffer, American Republican politician, Chair of Muskogee County Republican Party, 2014 
- Craig David Huffer (b. 1989), Australian sub-4 minute miler
- Hermann Hüffer (1830-1905), German historian and jurist
Related Stories +
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTITUTION 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Constitution.htm
- ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html