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Huggill Coat of Arms / Huggill Family Crest

Huggill Coat of Arms / Huggill Family Crest

This surname of HUGGILL was originally a locational name for a dweller on a hill, or near a mound. It was also a baptismal name 'the son of Hugo' a form of Hugh. The name is also spelt HUGGELL, HEUGEL and HUEGELL. It was a popular given name among the Normans in England, partly due to the fame of St. Hugh of Lincoln (1140-1200) who was born in Burgundy and who established the first Carthusian monastery in England. The name was also used in honour of St. Hugh of Cluny (1024-1109). In Scotland the name has been widely used as an equivalent of the Celtic Aodh meaning 'Fire'. The French Romantic novelist Victor Hugo (1802-85) was the grandson of a carpenter born in Nancy. The name is common in this form in Lorraine. Hugo himself claims descent from illustrious forebears of this name, such as Pierre-Antoine Hugo, born in 1532, who was Privy Counsellor to the Grand Duke of Lorraine, and a Louis Hugo who was a bishop. Christiaan Huygens (1629-95) who first formulated the wave theory of light, was a member of a prominent Dutch family; his grandfather, father and brother were all in the service of the Dutch royal family. His father Constantin (1596-1687) was an equally distinguished 17th century classical Dutch scholar, and knighted by James I. A notable member of the name was Baron Friedrich von HUGEL (1852-1925) the Austrian born, British theologian and biblical critic, born in Florence, the son of the Austrian ambassador. He settled in England in 1871. The Founder of the London Society for the Study of Religion (1905), he wrote 'The Mystical Element in Religion' (1908-09), 'Eternal Life' (1912) and 'The Reality of God' (published posthumously in 1931). It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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