Humphreys History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Humphreys family

The surname Humphreys 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 Humphreys family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Humphreys research. Another 86 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Humphreys 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 Humphreys family to Ireland

Some of the Humphreys family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Humphreys 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 Humphreys were found:

Humphreys Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Michael Humphreys, who arrived in Connecticut in 1642 [1]
  • Susan Humphreys, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Humphrey Humphreys, who landed in Maryland in 1660 [1]
  • Mary Humphreys, who arrived in Maryland in 1660 [1]
  • Stephen Humphreys, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Gislin Humphreys, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
  • Joel Humphreys, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [1]
Humphreys Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philip Humphreys, who landed in Jamaica in 1803 [1]
  • Joseph Humphreys, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Park Humphreys, aged 30, who arrived in Delaware in 1812 [1]
  • Francis Humphreys, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • Charles Humphreys, who landed in America in 1817 [1]
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Humphreys migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
  • Mr. Nicholas Humphreys MD, U.E. who settled in Sugar Island, Kingsclear, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a surgeon with New Jersey Volunteers [2]
  • Mr. William Humphreys U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [2]
Humphreys Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Eliza Humphreys, aged 24 who immigrated 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 [3]
  • Miss. Mary Ann Humphreys, aged 1 year & 3 months who immigrated 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 [3]

Humphreys migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Humphreys Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Thomas Humphreys, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [4]
  • 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 [5]
  • John Humphreys, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [6]
  • William Humphreys, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Mary Humphreys, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [7]
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Humphreys migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Humphreys Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edwin Humphreys, aged 45, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Mary Humphreys, aged 43, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Mary Humphreys, aged 17, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • George Humphreys, aged 15, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Henry Humphreys, aged 13, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
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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
  • Mr. David Raymond Humphreys B.E.M.,, British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Education and to Geology [8]
  • Mr. Alun Edward Humphreys B.E.M.,, British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Lifesaving [9]
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Historic Events for the Humphreys family

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 [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William Humphreys (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Collyhurst, Manchester, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Leslie Humphreys, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
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 [13]
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 [14]
  • 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 [14]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord of the Isles 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  7. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  9. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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