Humfrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Humfrey surname comes from the Old French personal name Humfrey, a cognate of the Old German names Hunfrid and Humfrid. This name was originally derived from the Germanic elements "hun," which means "bear cub," and "frid" or "fred," which mean "peace." It was borne by a 9th century saint and Bishop of Therouanne, who was popular among Norman settlers of England.
Early Origins of the Humfrey family
The surname Humfrey was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales created by the Laws in Wales Act 1536, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Important Dates for the Humfrey family
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Humfrey Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Humfrey have included Humphreys, Homfray, Humfrey, Humfrie, Humfries, Humfreys, Humphereys, Humphries, Humphrays, Humphray, Humphrey, Humphris, Humphry, Humphryes and many more.
Early Notables of the Humfrey family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Humphrey (1391-1447), the son of King Henry IV, who was Duke of Gloucester and Earl of Pembroke, and also a patron of letters; Sir William Humphreys, Lord Mayor of London in 1714; William Humfrey (died 1579) English goldsmith and Assay Master to...
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Migration of the Humfrey family to Ireland
Some of the Humfrey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Humfrey migration to the United States
Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Humfrey were found:
Humfrey Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
- Richard Humfrey, who was one of the settlers left at Roanoke, Virginia in 1584 by Sir Walter Raleigh
Humfrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Humfrey, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1629
- John Humfrey, who landed in Massachusetts in 1632 
- Joe Humfrey, who settled in Virginia in 1635
- Jo Humfrey, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 
Humfrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Richard Humfrey, who arrived in Virginia in 1884 
- Thomas Humfrey, who landed in Virginia in 1887 
Contemporary Notables of the name Humfrey (post 1700)
- Cornelius Humfrey, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1781-85, 1799-1801, 1805-07; Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1786-89 
- William Humfrey (d. 1579), English goldsmith and Assay Master to Queen Elizabeth I of England
- Pelham Humfrey (1647-1674), English composer at the beginning of the Restoration
- Humfrey Jonathon Malins CBE (b. 1945), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Woking (1997-2010)
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html