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Humphrey

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

The name Humphrey is a boy's name of German origin meaning "peaceful warrior". Humphrey and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rotating Sibling Sets".

From the experts:

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. In James Joyce's Finnegans Wake Humphrey Climpden Earwicker represents the everyman.

Bottom line: An interesting name with a noirish edge.

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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
DI Humphrey Goodman, detective inspector on British/French TV series "Death In Paradise"

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

Humphrey's International Variations

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

Comments

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-03-12T10:05:31

It's cute.

lirio Says:

2016-09-29T01:43:47

I agree, never met a Humphrey! Also it says it's a 'royal name' in Britain - I'm no history expert but I'm pretty sure we've never had a king called Humphrey...

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2016-09-28T23:07:16

Humphrey has finally made it into the top 1000, so it's definitely usable. But that's over here in the UK - not so sure how people view it in other countries.

GeorgiaGuineaPig Says:

2016-09-28T22:23:34

Yeah and it's sad because Finlay is so popular and Humphrey sounds so similar.

domandlauren Says:

2016-07-26T02:13:59

We love Humphrey - that's what we named our son, his nickname is Humf (which is also the name of a kids tv show https://youtu.be/y_EQTLwEAfE)

Wittyusername103 Says:

2016-07-16T09:24:12

I like this but what nickname would you use.

ladimon Says:

2016-07-05T18:45:57

This is one of my favourite names, but you just can't do this to a child these days.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-06-26T16:26:06

I like this name in theory, but the spelling of Humph- at the beginning, and the sound of it, makes me think of someone scoffing, which makes me not want to use it in real life.

Essa Says:

2014-11-15T11:21:34

I always love when Britain is mentioned in the description of the name, mainly because it always makes out that the name is super popular here when really I've never heard of a Humphrey in my life!

jasminegarden Says:

2014-08-21T11:41:26

this name is heavenly, sounds so cute but very mature at the same time, I adore it