Huningfith History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Huningfith date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Huningfith family lived in the market town and civil parish of Hungerford, a market town and civil parish in Berkshire, 9 miles (14.5 km) west of Newbury. It dates back to at least 1101-18 and was derived from the term "hunger ford", meaning "ford leading to poor land." [1]

There is an old legend that "Hingwar the Dane" (Ivarr the Boneless, d. 873?) drowned accidentally while crossing the Kennet, and that the town was named after him. By 1241, it called itself a borough. And in the late 14th century John of Gaunt, medieval lord of the manor granted the people of the village the lucrative fishing rights on the River Kennet.

Early Origins of the Huningfith family

The surname Huningfith was first found in Gloucestershire at Down Ampney, a parish, in the union of Cirencester, chiefly in the hundred of Crowthorne and Minety. "The manor-house, a very interesting specimen of ancient architecture, was formerly one of the many seats of the Hungerford family, and is situated precisely on the border line of the two shires." [2]

Farleigh-Hungerford in Somerset was another ancient family seat. " This place derives the adjunct to its name from the distinguished family of Hungerford, for more than 300 years lords of the manor, which was sold in 1370, with the hundred of Wellow, to Sir Thomas Hungerford, steward to John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

The castle of Farleigh is of uncertain foundation; it was enlarged in 1378 by Sir Thomas Hungerford, with four towers, of which two are remaining" [2] A brass plate to the memory of Robert de Hungerford can be found in the church of Hungerford, Berkshire.

Important Dates for the Huningfith family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huningfith research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1330, 1397, 1378, 1449, 1567, 1627, 1503, 1540, 1607, 1657, 1614, 1657, 1614, 1685, 1660, 1611, 1673, 1645, 1660, 1632 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Huningfith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huningfith 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 Huningfith 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. The variations of the name Huningfith include: Hungerford, Hungerton, Huningford and others.

Early Notables of the Huningfith family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Hungerford, first recorded Speaker of the House of Commons (1330-1397); Walter Hungerford, 1st Baron Hungerford, Speaker of the House of Commons (1378-1449); Sir Anthony Hungerford of Black Bourton (1567-1627), a religious controversialist; Walter Hungerford, 1st Baron Hungerford of Heytesbury (1503-1540), the first Englishman to be executed for homosexuality; Anthony Hungerford of Black Bourton (c. 1607-1657), an English Member of Parliament, supported the Royalist cause during the English Civil War; Anthony Hungerford (c.1614-1657), a Colonel in the English Parliamentary...
Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huningfith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Huningfith family to Ireland

Some of the Huningfith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Huningfith family

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 Huningfith or a variant listed above: Joan and Sarah Hungerford settled in Virginia in 1650; John Hungerton settled in Virginia in 1648; Thomas Hungerford settled in New London Conn in 1633..

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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