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The Humphrey 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.

Humphrey Early Origins



The surname Humphrey was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, 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.

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Humphrey Spelling Variations


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Humphrey Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Humphrey has occasionally been spelled Humphreys, Homfray, Humfrey, Humfrie, Humfries, Humfreys, Humphereys, Humphries, Humphrays, Humphray, Humphrey, Humphris, Humphry, Humphryes and many more.

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Humphrey Early History


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Humphrey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Humphrey research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1391, 1447, 1714, 1579, 1647, 1674, 1621, 1719, 1662, 1648, 1712, 1701, 1712, 1735 and are included under the topic Early Humphrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Humphrey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Humphrey Early Notables (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...

Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Humphrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Humphrey In Ireland


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Humphrey In Ireland



Some of the Humphrey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Humphrey

Humphrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Humphrey, who settled in Salem in 1634
  • Amey Humphrey, who landed in Virginia in 1634
  • John Humphrey ( c. 15971661), an English Puritan from Dorset who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634, not before being Deputy Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629-1630)
  • Jonas Humphrey, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Michael Humphrey, who landed in Connecticut in 1642
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Humphrey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Humphrey, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Evan Humphrey, who arrived in Virginia in 1710
  • Jane Humphrey, who landed in New England in 1719
  • Jennet Humphrey, who landed in New England in 1719
  • William Humphrey, who landed in New England in 1719
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Humphrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alex Humphrey, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Sarah Humphrey, aged 14, arrived in New York in 1862

Humphrey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Humphrey U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 395 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York he stayed in New Brunswick and was part of the Cape Ann Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Racheal Humphrey U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 495 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York he stayed in New Brunswick and was part of the Cape Ann Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Nicholas Humphrey U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Thomas Humphrey U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Humphrey U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Humphrey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Humphrey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • Henry Humphrey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • Thomas Humphrey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • Joseph Humphrey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • Mary Humphrey, aged 30, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Humphrey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Humphrey, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • John E. Humphrey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Charles Humphrey, aged 36, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Catherine Humphrey, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Sarah Humphrey arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Humphrey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Humphrey (post 1700)



  • Percy Gaston Humphrey (1905-1995), American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, leader of the Eureka Brass Band
  • Barbara Ann "Bobbi" Humphrey (b. 1950), American jazz flautist and singer
  • Doris Batcheller Humphrey (1895-1958), American dancer and choreographer, active in the early 1900s
  • Ryan Ashley Humphrey (b. 1979), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Gordon J. Humphrey (b. 1940), American politician, U.S. Senator from New Hampshire (1979-1990)
  • Maud Humphrey (1868-1940), American commercial artist, illustrator and watercolorist and mother of actor Humphrey Bogart
  • Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (1911-1978), American politician, Mayor of Minneapolis, Senator from Minnesota, and 38th US Vice-President (1965-1969)
  • George Magoffin Humphrey (1890-1970), American politician, who was the Secretary of the Treasury (1953-1957)
  • Thomas Humphrey (1839-1878), English cricketer
  • Jacob John "Jake" Humphrey (b. 1978), English television presenter and journalist
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Humphrey Historic Events


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Humphrey Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Michael S T Humphrey (b. 1919), English Lieutenant (E) serving for the Royal Navy from St Helena, South Atlantic, Crown Colony time, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. W F Humphrey, British Lieutenant Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Humphrey


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Suggested Readings for the name Humphrey



  • The Marlett Family in Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest United States, With Connections to the Ball, Humphries, Hope, and Cross Families by Nadeen Cross Marlett.
  • That Humphrey Family and Others by Donna Humphrey Metzger.
  • Fundy Family (also Humphrey) by William Henry Irving.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: L'homme vrai aime son pays
Motto Translation: The true man loves his country.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Humphrey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Humphrey 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.

This page was last modified on 13 October 2016 at 21:47.

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