“Huckel, Huckell, Huckle”:
Reginald, Jocelin Huckel, 1209. A diminutive of Huck. Hucke, Middle English, to bargain. A petty dealer.
-A Dictionary of British Surnames, 1958 (Montreal Public Library)
Traced by Bryan Huckle in 1978 (courtesy of Ann Elsey,
"In Yorkshire England in the year 1185."
We can trace the Huckle name to Anglo-Sanon `Ucca` which in turn is a pet form of Teutonic `Uhtraed`, which was a popular name before the 11th century. During the reign of King Henry 11th, the name was spelled `Hucca` and it appeared in ancient Yorkshire documents in the year 1185 as a personal name which had already developed. One of the reasons for the appearance of the name at this early date could have been the fact that King Henry imposed a new tax of a tenth part of all movable property on all the people of England. This became know as the Saladin tithe and was instigated in order to meet the expenses of a war in the eastern part of Europe. The name again appeared on record in the year 1221, this time in Norfolk. This was the year of the first arrival of the Dominican Monks to the shores of England. At this time the misery of the dwellers on the outskrts of Norfolk was appalling. In Huntingondshire a William Huckle appears in the hundred rolls, which represented a division of land owned by that individual. This was during the reign of King Edward 1st, in 1279. Early in his reign Edward organized the courts of law, completing the division of the Curia Regis into the three courts which existed until recent times. Apart form scant reference showing people of the name Huckle having been found in Suffolk and Somerset, there is little on record until after the 16th century. After this time we find a person named Huckle who was given a grant of arms. The heraldic discription of this coat of arms is "Ter chevron embattled argent ; Three lions rampant counterchanged." Translated this shows a shield divided by a chevron taking the shape of battlements. The top part is silver, the bottom red. On the top part are two red lions and on the bottom a single silver lion. Another later grant was made to the Huckle name, but the one described is the more ancient of the two.