Show ContentsHumby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Humby family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the place named Humby or in the settlement of Hanby in Welton, which are both in the county of Lincolnshire. The surname Humby belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Humby family

The surname Humby was first found in Lincolnshire, where they were a major family seated there from ancient times.

Early History of the Humby family

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Humby Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Humby include Humby, Humbie, Humbi, Hummby, Hummbie, Hunby, umbye and many more.

Early Notables of the Humby family (pre 1700)

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Humby Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Humby is the 447th most popular surname with an estimated 105 people with that name. [1]

Australia Humby migration to Australia +

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

Humby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Humby (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Humby (1817-1849), née Ayre, English actress, born in London who studied music under Domenico Corri [3]
  • Stephen Humby (b. 1978), English stage and screen actor
  • Baxter Humby (b. 1974), Canadian kickboxer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, also known as "The One Arm Bandit" due to his missing right hand, current International Muay Thai Council World Super Welterweight Champion
  • Harry Robinson Humby (1879-1923), British winner of a gold and two sliver Olympic medals for shooting at 1908 and 1912 games
  • Trevor Humby Ph.D., of the Behavioral Genetics Group in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University
  • Stewart Humby, British Senior Accident Investigator at the Ergonomics & Safety Research Institute of Loughborough University
  • Betty Humby Beecham (d. 1958), British pianist and wife of the conductor Thomas Beecham

HMS Halsted
  • Mr. Arthur Edward Humby, Scottish Royal Navy able seaman was stationed aboard the "HMS Halsted" when it was struck by torpedo by Jaguar and Mowe of the Cherbourg coast on 11th June 1944, he did not survive
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Percy Kenneth George Humby, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [4]
HMS Royal Oak
  • William E. Humby, British Chief Petty Officer Cook with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [5]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frederick Humby (d. 1912), aged 16, English Plate Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [6]

  1. The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th April 2021). Retrieved from
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 7 August 2020
  4. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  5. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from
  6. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook