The Humple surname is derived from the Middle English/Old French word "humble" meaning "lowly." It is surmised that the name may have originally been a nickname
for a meek person, in the days before surnames were used.
Early Origins of the Humple family
The surname Humple was first found in Durham
, in Northern England
where the first on record was Adam Homel, listed in 1242 in the Assize Rolls for that county. Although there was manor of West Humble, far south of this, in Surrey.
Early History of the Humple family
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Humple Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Humple are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Humple include: Humble, Hummill, Humbill and others.
Early Notables of the Humple family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Humple family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Humple or a variant listed above: Roger Humble, who came to Virginia in 1637; John Humble, who came to Maryland in 1647; Jno Humble, who came to Virginia in 1668; Elizabeth Humble, a bonded passenger who settled in America in 1741.