Humes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Humes family

The surname Humes was first found in the East Anglian county of Norfolk where Robert del Houme was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1222. In Worcester, Alan de Hone was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for 1275 and a few years later, Henry and William Home were found in the Hundredorum Rolls for Oxfordshire in 1279. Walter of the home and John atte Home were both listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcester in 1327. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls also included Goscelin de Holme, Suffolk and John in le Holmp (sic), Cambridgeshire. [2]

Further north in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Thomas del Holme; Adam del Holme; and Johannes del Holme. [2]

"A holme is defined by Halliwell as 'flat land; a small island; a deposit of soil at the confluence of two waters. Flat grounds near water are called holms.' [3]

Early History of the Humes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Humes research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1490, 1506, 1516, 1549, 1575, 1566, 1619, 1633, 1615, 1666, 1674, 1687, 1706, 1671, 1698, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Humes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Humes Spelling Variations

Although the name, Humes, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Home, Hume, Humes and others.

Early Notables of the Humes family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Alexander Home, 1st Lord Home (d. 1490); Alexander Home, 2nd Lord Home (d. 1506); Alexander Home, 3rd Lord Home (d. 1516); George Home, 4th Lord Home (d. 1549); Alexander Home, 5th Lord Home (d. 1575); Alexander Home, 1st Earl of Home (c. 1566-1619); James Home, 2nd Earl of Home (d...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Humes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Humes family to Ireland

Some of the Humes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Humes migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Humes family name Humes, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Humes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Humes, who settled in Virginia in 1682
Humes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Archibald Humes, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Archibald Humes, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Michael Humes, aged 30, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [4]
  • Thomas Humes, aged 28, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [4]
  • John Humes, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [4]

Australia Humes migration to Australia +

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

Humes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Humes, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Humes (post 1700) +

  • William Young Conn Humes (1830-1883), American educator, lawyer, and Confederate cavalry general during the American Civil War
  • Mary-Margaret Humes (b. 1954), American actress, best known for her starring role as Gail Leery in Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003
  • Edward Humes, American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and non-fiction writer
  • Cedric Akeem Humes (b. 1983), American NFL football running back
  • Thomas William Humes (1815-1892), American clergyman and educator
  • Harold Louis "Doc" Humes Jr. (1926-1992), American author who founded The Paris Review literary magazine
  • Helen Humes (1913-1981), American jazz and blues singer
  • Homer J. Humes, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 50th District, 1883-86; Defeated, 1886 [6]
  • Edwin L. Humes, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1913-18, 1919-20 [6]
  • E. T. Humes, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1936 [6]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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