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Humphrey Genealogy and Humphrey Family History Information

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  • Ann Palmes (1643 - d.)
  • Ann Humphrey (c.1575 - 1603)
  • Anne Myles (Humphrey) (1625 - 1695)
    born in Fordingham,Dorset,England
  • Maj. General Charles Frederick Humphrey, Sr. (1833 - 1926)
    Charles Frederic Humphrey, Sr. (September 2, 1833 – June 4, 1926) was a major general in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient. Biography Humphrey was born on September 2, 1833 in T...
  • Doris Humphrey (1895 - 1958)
    Doris Batcheller Humphrey (October 17, 1895 – December 29, 1958) was a dancer and choreographer of the early twentieth century. Along with her contemporaries Martha Graham and Katherine Dunham Humphr...

About the Humphrey surname

There are Humphrey family descendants living in Barbados. The originally came from Connecticut. A ship owner ancestor came there in 1630.

Humphrey genealogy includes all historical variants of our surname:

Humphreys, *ies, *ry, *rys, Humphreville, Ho(mn)froi, Hu(mn)frei, Humfr(ei)dis, U(mn)frey, etc.

English: Humphrey, Humfries, Umfrey, etc.

Norman: Honfroi, Homfrei, Omfroi, Amfrey, Umphreville

Old French: Hunfredus, Hunfrei

Scandinavian: Humfriedis, Hunfridis

Linguistics & world history suggest that the "Hun" prefix in many European surnames stem from the invasions & cultural impact of Atilla the Hun in the 5th Century. For example, Hunfredus ="Hun" + "fredus" = "one capable of peace with the Huns"

A Norman derivation: "homme + vrai" = "free man" or "true man"

Norman history indicates that many (Honfroi/Humphrey) families lived in the Cherbourg peninsula, proximate to Saint Lo: St. Andre de Bohon, St. Georges de Bohon, Amfreville, and Neville, near the NE corner of Cherbourg, in the 11th Century.