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Early Origins of the Hummer family

The surname Hummer was 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.

Early History of the Hummer family

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

Early Notables of the Hummer family (pre 1700)

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Hummer Ranking

In the United States, the name Hummer is the 9,321st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Hummer migration to the United States +

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 [4]
Hummer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Hummer, aged 23, who arrived in New York, NY in 1893 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hummer (post 1700) +

  • 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 [5]
  • Robert Hummer, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Oconto County, 1948 [5]
  • Martin Hummer, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1956 [5]
  • George P. Hummer, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1896; Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1907-15 [5]
  • Fannie M. Hummer, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964 [5]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  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)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 5) . Retrieved from on Facebook