Humby 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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Migration of the Humby family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Humby or a variant listed above: members of the family who migrated to the New World and contributed to the development of North American society.

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 [1]
  • 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 Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Percy Kenneth George Humby, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [2]
HMS Royal Oak
  • William E. Humby, British Chief Petty Officer Cook with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [3]
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 [4]

  1. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 7 August 2020
  2. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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