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Where did the English Hummer family come from? What is the English Hummer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hummer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hummer family history?


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 Humberston, Humerston, Humberstone, Humblestone, Humbleston, Hummerston, Hummerstone, Humerston, Humerstone, Hunbertson, Hubertson, Humberson, Humerston, Humberstone, Umberston, Umberstone and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire at Humberston, a large sea coast village and civil parish to the south of Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire. The village takes its name from a large boulder, the Humber Stone, which can still be seen at the entrance to the village library. The village dates back to the Domesday Book [1] where is was recorded as Humbrestone and literally meant "place by the boundary stone in the River Humber" [2] Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Humberston, held by Ivo Tailbois, chief tenant who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hummer research. Another 387 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1510, 1600, 1102, 1560 and 1476 are included under the topic Early Hummer History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hummer or a variant listed above:

Hummer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joh Georg Hummer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

Hummer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Hummer, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1893


  • Ian MacDonald Hummer (b. 1990), American professional basketball player for ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga
  • Dr. Michael G. Hummer, American researcher of biomedicine and the physician at South Pole Station in the winter of 1975 from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, eponym of Mount Hummer, Antarctica
  • Terry Randolph "T.R." Hummer (b. 1950), American poet, critic, essayist, editor, and professor
  • Craig B. Hummer, American sportscaster
  • John Hummer (b. 1948), American retired professional NBA basketball player and venture capitalist
  • Mrs. T. C. Hummer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1924
  • Robert Hummer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Oconto County, 1948
  • Martin Hummer, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1956
  • George P. Hummer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1896; Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1907-15
  • Fannie M. Hummer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964



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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Hummer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hummer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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