Saturday, 7 April 2012

Surname Saturday - Hulme

We have traced our Hulme family back to  a marriage in 1810 between Daniel Hulme and Mary nee Wood at St. Pancras, Middlesex, England although it is not known if this is where our family originated.
The surname is very widely spread around the United Kingdom.

Mary and Daniel moved to Fulham in later years and that is where they were buried.  Family story has it that Daniel was a midshipman in Nelson's Navy but no documentation has been found to support that yet.
Mary had a grocer shop in High Street Fulham for many years and it was later taken over by her son George and then his descendants.
In Australia the surname is pronounced as "Hullm" sounding the 'l' but members of the family whose lineage remained in England pronounce it "Hume".

Many of Daniel and Mary's children and grandchildren migrated to Australia including my great great great grandfather William Cluff Hulme and his wife Hephzibah nee Land and their son Joseph.
My great great grandfather, Joseph Hulme born 1843 Putney , London, England
died 1920 Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia

Daughter of Joseph Hulme, my great grandmother, Ada May Hulme
born 1884 died 1965 Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
This interesting surname of English and Scottish origin with variant spellings Holme, Home, Hume Hulme, and Holmes, is a topographical name for someone who lived by a holly tree, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "hole(g)n", Middle English "holin, holm" meaning "holly", "holm-oak". It may also be a topographical name for someone who lived on an island, in particular a piece of slightly raised land lying in a fen or partly surrounded by streams, deriving from the Old Norse "holmr" meaning "small island", or it may be a locational name from places called Holme in Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, Huntingdonshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Westmorland, and the East and North Riding of Yorkshire, deriving from the same element.
The surname dates back to the late 12th Century (see below). London Church records include one George Hulme, who married Dorrytyr Coocke on February 16th 1602, at St. Michael Bassishaw, and Joane, daughter of Thomas Hulme, who was christened on August 9th 1612, at St. Andrew's, Holborn. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger de Holm, which was dated 1186, in "Sir Christopher Hatton's Book of Seals", Leicestershire, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Below are photos of Ada Hulme's brother, Herbert Hulme and sister Pleasance Hulme.

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