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Where did the Humphries coat of arms come from? When did the Humphries family first arrive in the United States?

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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Humphreys, Homfray, Humfrey, Humfrie, Humfries, Humfreys, Humphereys, Humphries, Humphrays, Humphray, Humphrey, Humphris, Humphry, Humphryes and many more.

First found in Denbighshire , where they were seated 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.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Humfrey, who was one of the settlers left at Roanoke, Virginia in 1584 by Sir Walter Raleigh; John Humfrey, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1629.

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Motto Translated: The true man loves his country.

Suggested Readings for the name Humphries
"The Marlett Family in Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest United States, With Connections to the Ball, Humphries, Hope, and Cross Families" by Nadeen Cross Marlett.

Some noteworthy people of the name Humphries
  • Kris Humphries (b. 1985), American basketball player
  • Madeleine Lauren "Carla" Humphries (b. 1988), American model and actress
  • Guy Earl Humphries Jr. (1923-2010), American jurist, Louisiana Ninth Judicial District Court Judge (1960-1981)
  • John Henry Humphries (1861-1933), Canadian-born, American Major League Baseball player who played from 1883 to 1884
  • Ralph Edward "Rusty" Humphries (b. 1965), American radio host, conservative political commentator, and songwriter
  • William Stanley "Stan" Humphries (b. 1965), former professional American NFL football quarterback
  • Barry Humphries AO, CBE (b. 1934), Australian actor and comedian, best known for his persona of Dame Edna Everage
  • John Barry Humphries (b. 1934), Australian comic performer
  • Gary Humphries (b. 1958), Australian politician, 4th Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (2000-2001), Senator for the Australian Capital Territory (2003-)
  • Gerald Humphries (1908-1983), English cricketer who played two first-class matches for Worcestershire


Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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