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The name Humber arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Humber family lived in Humber, Herefordshire, from where they took their name. The place-name Humber indicates the proximity of the settlement to a river bearing the same name. It was a common prehistoric name for rivers and is of uncertain meaning.

Humber Early Origins



The surname Humber was first found in Herefordshire in the west country of England where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Humber from ancient times. Humber, an ancient English hamlet in the union of Leominster, hundred of Wolphy, dating back to the Iron Age, was granted by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 to Roger de Lacy, a Norman noble from whom the family name Humber is conjecturally descended. The Humber is a large tidal estuary on the east coast of Northern England.

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Humber Spelling Variations


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Humber Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Humber, Humbar, Humbor, Umber, Umbar, Umbor, Humbere, Humbore, Humbare, Humberston, Humbertson, Humberstone, Humberton, Humbertown, Humberstown, Humbletown, Humbleston, Humblestown and many more.

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Humber Early History


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Humber Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Humber research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 160 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Humber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Humber Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Humber Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Humber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Humber name or one of its variants:

Humber Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Dorothy Humber, who arrived in Maryland in 1654
  • Danll Humber, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Humber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Pierre Humber, who landed in South Carolina in 1743
  • Jacob Humber settled in Maryland in 1762
  • William Humber settled in Twillingate in 1768

Humber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Humber settled in New York city in 1823 at the age of 32
  • Bernard H. Humber, aged 24, who arrived in America from Nottingham, in 1898

Humber Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Monias Humber, aged 44, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1905
  • John Humber, aged 9, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • May Humber, aged 25, who arrived in America from Scotland, in 1907
  • Wm. Delsney Humber, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Sybil Humber, aged 7, who arrived in America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Humber Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Humber was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1772 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Humber Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Humber, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Robert Humber, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Humber (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Humber (post 1700)



  • Philip Gregory Humber (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics
  • Robert Lee Humber, celebrated lawyer of Greenvile, North Carolina and founder of the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC
  • Robert Lee Humber (1898-1970), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1956; Member of North Carolina State Senate 5th District, 1959-64
  • Thomas Humber (1841-1910), British cycle manufacturer who founded the Humber Motorcycles in 1868 and the Humber Bicycle company in 1869

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  11. ...

The Humber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Humber Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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