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The Humphrys 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.

Humphrys Early Origins



The surname Humphrys 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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Humphrys Spelling Variations


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

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Humphrys Early History


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Humphrys Early History



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

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Humphrys Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Humphrys In Ireland


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Humphrys In Ireland



Some of the Humphrys 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



North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Humphrys:

Humphrys Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Humphrys, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Katherine Humphrys, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • Thomas Humphrys, who arrived in Maryland in 1676
  • Richard Humphrys, aged 21, landed in Maryland in 1684
  • Cath Humphrys, who landed in Virginia in 1695

Humphrys Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joan Humphrys, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1707-1708
  • John Humphrys, who landed in Virginia in 1725
  • William Humphrys, who arrived in Antigua (Antego) in 1780

Humphrys Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Humphrys, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812

Humphrys Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Humphrys, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Humphrys, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Humphrys Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Humphrys arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Margaret Humphrys arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Robert Humphrys arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Anthony Humphrys arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Russey Humphrys arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834

Humphrys Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Humphrys, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • James Humphrys, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames"
  • James Humphrys, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • Anne Humphrys, aged 18, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • John Humphry's, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Humphrys Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Humphrys, aged 13, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Humphrys (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Humphrys (post 1700)



  • George Robert Humphrys (1952-2008), Welsh broadcaster and sports presenter on BBC Wales
  • Gary John Humphrys (b. 1951), Australian businessman and company director, Chairman of the Board of the SEQ Water Grid Manager
  • William Humphrys (1794-1865), Irish engraver of pictures, book illustrations and postage stamps
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Francis Humphrys GCMG GCVO KBE CIE (1879-1971), British cricketer, colonial administrator and diplomat
  • Fletcher Humphrys (b. 1976), Australian actor, best known for his roles as Brett 'Brick' Buchanon in McLeod's Daughters
  • Desmond John Humphrys (b. 1943), British author, journalist and presenter of radio and television, Host of Mastermind (2003 )

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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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828

Other References

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  2. 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.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. 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).
  6. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  11. ...

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