Huggins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Huggins family

The surname Huggins was first found in Fife, where like its English counterpart, the name is a diminutive of "Hugh" as in "son of Hugh." [1] This is turn, translates in Latin to "Hugo." [2] Hugens was in the Domesday Book as a surname while Hugh, Hugo and Hugolin were personal names. [3]

Taking a rather large step back in time over the centuries, we found Andrew Hugoun, latimus, recorded in 1519, and a few years later, Robert Huggou (perhaps a miscopying of Huggon) in Glasmount in 1540, and John Huggoun had sasine of lands of Neddyr Pitgrugny in 1545. [4]

Early History of the Huggins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huggins research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1600, 1650, 1521, 1586, 1555, 1559 and 1571 are included under the topic Early Huggins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huggins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Huggins, Huggan, Hugan, Huckings, Huckins, Huggin and others.

Early Notables of the Huggins family (pre 1700)

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Huggins Ranking

In the United States, the name Huggins is the 1,359th most popular surname with an estimated 22,383 people with that name. [5]


United States Huggins migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Huggins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Huggins, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Nico Huggins, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Mr. Nicholas Huggins, (b. 1611), aged 24, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Constance" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [7]
  • Peter Huggins, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [6]
  • John Huggins, who landed in Hampton, NH in 1670 [6]
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Huggins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Huggins, who settled in North Carolina in 1701
Huggins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Harry Huggins, (b. 1879), aged 24, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 3rd May 1903 en route to Colorado, USA [8]

Canada Huggins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Huggins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah Huggins, aged 36, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Catherine Huggins, aged 32, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • John Huggins, aged 6 months, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland

Australia Huggins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Huggins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Huggins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837 [9]
  • William Henry Huggins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [10]
  • Harriet Huggins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [10]
  • George Huggins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [11]
  • Mr. James Huggins, English attorney who was convicted in London, England for life for arson, transported aboard the "Dudbrook" on 17th November 1852, arriving in Western Australia [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Huggins migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Huggins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Huggins, aged 47, a farmer, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Mary Huggins, aged 49, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • John Huggins, aged 9, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Augustus Huggins, aged 27, a bricklayer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Maria L. Huggins, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Huggins (post 1700) +

  • Ericka Huggins (b. 1951), American activist, educator, and member of the Black Panther Party
  • John J. Huggins Jr. (1945-1969), American Black Power activist and leader in the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party
  • Eli Lundy Huggins (1842-1929), US Army officer who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Indian Wars
  • Kareem Huggins (b. 1986), American NFL football running back
  • Charles R. "Charlie" Huggins (b. 1947), American politician, Member of the Alaska Senate (2004-)
  • Edie Huggins (1935-2008), American television reporter, journalist and broadcaster, one of the first African-American women to report on television in Philadelphia
  • Nathan Irvin Huggins (1927-1989), American historian, author and educator, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of History and of Afro-American Studies at Harvard University
  • Roy Huggins (1914-2002), who using the pen name John Thomas James, was an American novelist and an influential writer/creator and producer, known for his work on Maverick, The Fugitive, and The Rockford Files, awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Television
  • Bob Huggins (b. 1953), nicknamed "Huggy Bear," American head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team
  • Miller James Huggins (1879-1929), American Major League Baseball player and manager who played from 1904 to 1916 and coached from 1913 to 1929, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Meryl  Huggins (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Rockingham, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Henry Sidney Huggins (1911-1939), British Leading Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]


Suggested Readings for the name Huggins +

  • The Descendants of James Huggins (1752-1819) of Granby, Connecticut by Seth P. Holcombe.
  • Huggins Families of Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia by Charles E. Huggins.

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 5th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dudbrook
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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