The name ‘Humphrey’ originates from England. It is derived from the Old French personal name ‘Humfrey’, introduced to Britain by the Normans. This is composed of the Germanic elements ‘hun’ meaning bear cub and ‘frid’, ‘fred’ meaning peace. It was borne by a 9th century saint, bishop of Therouanne, who had a certain following in England anong Norman settlers. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Humphrey’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘John Hunfray’, from Oxford, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Michael Humphrey’, from Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, of the Devonshire family to which belonged ‘Ozias Humphrey’, the painter, and ‘John Humphrey, a founder of Massachusetts Bay Colony, emigrated to North America in 1642. He settled in Windsor, Connecticut, where he became a Fr… Coat of arms: Gules a cross …
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