The name Hugil is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in Howgill or Hugill. Howgill is in Sedburgh, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. Hugill is in Westmorland
(now part of Cumbria). The names have a common origin, however. They are based on the Old Norse word haugrgeil,
which means "barrow (hill) in a ravine."
Early Origins of the Hugil family
The surname Hugil was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hugil family
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Hugil 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 Hugil were recorded, including Hewgill, Hugill, Hugil and others.
Early Notables of the Hugil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hugil 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 Hugil family emigrate to North America:
Hugil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John and Eleanor Hugil who settled in New York State in 1820 with eight children