Where does the last name Huckelby come from? Whats the Origin of it?

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  • Tina
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    10 years ago
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    Surname: Hucklesby

    Recorded in several spellings as shown below, this surname is English. It is locational from a place called Huckerby near the town of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire. The component elements of the placename are believed to be the Olde English pre 7th century word "hocer", cognate with the Middle High German "hocker", meaning a knob or hump, and also found as an initial element in Hockerton, Nottinghamshire, and Hockering, Norfolk, and the Scandanavian word "-by", meaning a homestead or settlement. Locational surnames, such as this, were originally given as a means of identification to those who had left their birthplace to settle elsewhere. Indifferent spelling and local dialectal differences often produced variations on the original spelling of the name, some far removed from the original form. In this case these are believed to include Huikerby, Huccaby, Huckabe, Huckerbe, Hucklesby, and Huckleby. Examples of recordings include James, son of the Thomas Huckerby, who was christened at St. Gregory by St. Paul's, London, on August 7th 1584, and Joseph Huclesby at Monken Hadley in Middlesex, on August 17th 1828. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. http://www.surnamedb.com/surname.aspx?name=Huckles...

    The name probably originated in England. Their are other spellings that are similar but this one is the closest as there is a recorded history of this exact spelling and some variant spellings. Still, you would need to do the research on your ancestors with the 'Huckelby' surname to be certain of it's origin and spelling.

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  • 10 years ago

    The name is rare in the US and even rarer in England. It looks like there are many variations of this name such as Huckbay, Huckabee, Huckabee. It is very likely that an early ancestor from England migrated to the US. Due to illiteracy, variations in spelling and changed pronunciation, the are many families that are related, but the names are spelled differently.

    If you can post the name of the oldest ancestor with this name that you know of, someone will come along to look him up for you.

    The oldest that I could find with this name was born in the US, as were the parents, sometime in the 18th century.

    Source(s): ancestry.com
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