Humphries History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Humphries 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 Humphries family

The surname Humphries 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.

Early History of the Humphries family

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

Humphries Spelling Variations

Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Humphries have included Humphreys, Homfray, Humfrey, Humfrie, Humfries, Humfreys, Humphereys, Humphries, Humphrays, Humphray, Humphrey, Humphris, Humphry, Humphryes and many more.

Early Notables of the Humphries 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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Ireland Migration of the Humphries family to Ireland

Some of the Humphries family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Humphries migration to the United States +

Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Humphries:

Humphries Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward and Blanche Humphries, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Abram Humphries, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666 [1]
  • Eliz Humphries, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [1]
  • Thomas Humphries, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [1]
  • Janet Humphries, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]
Humphries Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Humphries, who landed in New York in 1801 [1]
  • Moses Humphries, aged 17, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • David Humphries, aged 52, who arrived in New Castle, Wilmington and Philadelphia in 1803 [1]
  • Alexander Humphries, aged 28, who arrived in New Jersey in 1812 [1]
  • Ellen Humphries, who arrived in New York in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Humphries migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Humphries Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Humphries, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Humphries migration to Australia +

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

Humphries Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Humphries, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • John Humphries, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Edward Humphries (Carter), British Convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [4]
  • John Humphries, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • John N Humphries, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Humphries 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:

Humphries Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Humphries, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Philip Laing" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 15th April 1848 [7]
  • Mr. E. Humphries, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sir Edward Paget" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th December 1850 [7]
  • Mrs. Humphries, British settler with 5 children and 1 servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Sir Edward Paget" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th December 1850 [7]
  • Mr. James Humphries, British settler travelling from Portsmouth aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1851 [8]
  • J. Humphries, American settler travelling from Honolulu aboard the ship "Tyrian" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 29th October 1851 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Humphries (post 1700) +

  • William Stanley "Stan" Humphries (b. 1965), former professional American NFL football quarterback
  • Ralph Edward "Rusty" Humphries (b. 1965), American radio host, conservative political commentator, and songwriter
  • John Henry Humphries (1861-1933), Canadian-born, American Major League Baseball player who played from 1883 to 1884
  • Guy Earl Humphries Jr. (1923-2010), American jurist, Louisiana Ninth Judicial District Court Judge (1960-1981)
  • Madeleine Lauren "Carla" Humphries (b. 1988), American model and actress
  • Kris Humphries (b. 1985), American basketball player
  • F. R. Humphries, American politician, Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1951 [9]
  • F. M. Humphries, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1928 [9]
  • Elijah Humphries, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 13th District, 1902 [9]
  • E. T. Humphries, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1950 [9]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Humphries 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Humphries +

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

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STRATHEDEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stratheden.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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