The Humbill surname is derived from the Middle English/Old French word "humble" meaning "lowly." It is surmised that the name may have originally been a nickname
for a meek person, in the days before surnames were used.
Early Origins of the Humbill family
The surname Humbill was first found in Durham
, in Northern England
where the first on record was Adam Homel, listed in 1242 in the Assize Rolls for that county. Although there was manor of West Humble, far south of this, in Surrey.
Early History of the Humbill family
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Humbill Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Humbill have been found, including Humble, Hummill, Humbill and others.
Early Notables of the Humbill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Humbill family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Humbill, or a variant listed above: Roger Humble, who came to Virginia in 1637; John Humble, who came to Maryland in 1647; Jno Humble, who came to Virginia in 1668; Elizabeth Humble, a bonded passenger who settled in America in 1741.