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The Humphreys 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.

Humphreys Early Origins



The surname Humphreys 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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Humphreys Spelling Variations


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Humphreys 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 Humphreys have included Humphreys, Homfray, Humfrey, Humfrie, Humfries, Humfreys, Humphereys, Humphries, Humphrays, Humphray, Humphrey, Humphris, Humphry, Humphryes and many more.

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Humphreys Early History


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Humphreys Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Humphreys 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 Humphreys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Humphreys Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Humphreys 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 Humphreys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Humphreys In Ireland


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Humphreys In Ireland



Some of the Humphreys 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



Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North Ameri ca. 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 Humphreys were found:

Humphreys Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Michael Humphreys, who arrived in Connecticut in 1642
  • Susan Humphreys, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Humphrey Humphreys, who landed in Maryland in 1660
  • Mary Humphreys, who arrived in Maryland in 1660
  • Stephen Humphreys, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Humphreys Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Humphreys, who landed in Virginia in 1735
  • Gislin Humphreys, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Joel Humphreys, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Humphreys Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Humphreys, who landed in Jamaica in 1803
  • Joseph Humphreys, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Park Humphreys, aged 30, arrived in Delaware in 1812
  • Francis Humphreys, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Charles Humphreys, who landed in America in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Humphreys Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Humphreys, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mr. Nicholas Humphreys 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. Nicholas Humphreys MD, U.E. who settled in Sugar Island, Kingsclear, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a surgeon with New Jersey Volunteers [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 Humphreys U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 member 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

Humphreys Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Eliza Humphreys, aged 24 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lord Seaton" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 29th June 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)
  • Miss. Mary Ann Humphreys, aged 1 year & 3 months who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lord Seaton" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 19th June 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)

Humphreys Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Thomas Humphreys arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848
  • Thomas Humphreys, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  • John Humphreys, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"
  • William Humphreys, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Mary Humphreys, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Humphreys Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edwin Humphreys, aged 45, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Mary Humphreys, aged 43, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Mary Humphreys, aged 17, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • George Humphreys, aged 15, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Henry Humphreys, aged 13, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Humphreys (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Humphreys (post 1700)



  • Karen Patricia Moe Humphreys (b. 1953), née Moe, American gold medalist swimmer at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Joshua Humphreys (1751-1838), American ship builder, eponym of the USS Humphreys (DD-236)
  • West Hughes Humphreys (1806-1882), American and Confederate Judge, prohibitionist
  • Benjamin G. Humphreys (1808-1882), American politician and Confederate Army general
  • Josephine Humphreys (b. 1945), American novelist
  • Andrew A. Humphreys (1810-1883), U.S. Army officer and Union general
  • Jonathan Matthews Humphreys (b. 1969), former international Wales rugby union player who played for the Wales National Team (1995-2003)
  • Emyr Humphreys (b. 1919), Welsh novelist
  • David Humphreys MBE (b. 1971), British retired rugby union player from Northern Ireland
  • Frederick Humphreys (1878-1954), English winner of two gold and one sliver Olympic medals for wrestling at 1908, 1912, and 1920 games
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Humphreys Historic Events


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Humphreys Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Humphreys (1879-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. William Humphreys (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Collyhurst, Manchester, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Leslie Humphreys, British Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Henry St. Giles Humphreys, American 2nd Class passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Thomas Humphrey Humphreys (d. 1912), aged 31, English Assistant Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Sidney James Humphreys, aged 48, English Quartermaster from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11

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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



  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
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. 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).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  11. ...

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