Humerston is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Humerston 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.
Early Origins of the Humerston family
The surname Humerston 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.
Early History of the Humerston family
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Humerston Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Humber, Humbar, Humbor, Umber, Umbar, Umbor, Humbere, Humbore, Humbare, Humberston, Humbertson, Humberstone, Humberton, Humbertown, Humberstown, Humbletown, Humbleston, Humblestown and many more.
Early Notables of the Humerston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Humerston family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Humerston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Robert Humerston, who arrived in Canada in 1831