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Gender: M Meaning of Humphrey: "peaceful warrior" Origin of Humphrey: German

Humphrey is an old name that might have faded completely were it not for that Bogie flair. A royal name in Britain, where it's used somewhat more frequently, Humphrey might just have some life beyond Bogart here, especially with the recent interest in the names of Golden Age Hollywood stars. His first name was the maiden name of his mother, Maud Humphrey, a well-known illustrator who used baby H. as a model.

Humphrey was brought to England by the Normans and was made famous by Duke Humphrey, the fifteenth century Duke of Gloucester and youngest son of Henry IV, a noted patron of literature, who appears in Shakespeare's Henry IV. In other literature, Humphrey Wasp is a character in Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, and the eponymous hero of Tobias Smollett's early novel Humphrey Clinker.

Bottom line: An interesting name with a noirish edge.

Famous People Named Humphrey

Humphrey DeForest Bogart, American actor
(David) Humphrey Rivers Ker, English actor and comedian
Humphrey Gilbert, English explorer and MP; half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh
Humphrey of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Gloucester, 1st Earl of Pembroke, youngest son of King Henry IV of England
Humphrey Bate, American harmonica player and bandleader
Humphrey Searle, English composer
Humphrey Edward Gregory Atkins, Baron Colnbrook, English MP and cabinet minister
Humphrey Wells, American politician; 11th governor of Georgia for 2 days

Pop Culture References for the Name Humphrey

Humphrey Repton, landscape gardener in Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park"
Humphrey Appleby, character on British TV series "Yes, Minister"
Humphrey the Bear, Walt Disney cartoon character
Humphrey, hamster in the "According to Humphrey" series by Betty Birney
Daniel Humphrey, character in the Gossip Girl series

Huffie, Humfrey, Humfroy, Humfry, Humph, Humphery, Humphry

Humphrey's International Variations

Onfroi (French) Humfried (German) Unfrai (Irish) Onofredo (Italian) Hunfredo, Onofre (Spanish) Humfrid (Swedish) Wmffre (Welsh)

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