Hundleby One Name Study


Welcome to the Hundleby One Name Study website!


For all enquiries about the Hundleby One Name Study, please contact:

Mrs Susan J Hundleby
The Old Smithy
1 School Lane
Lea Marston
B76 0BW

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About the Hundleby One-Name Study

The next Hundleby Society gathering will be held on Saturday 16th May 2015 at Heighington Jubilee Hall.

Evelyn Dick and Grant Hundleby have completed books about the Hundleby family. If you would like to request further information about these books please email your request to the contact details below.

Almost all the recent Hundlebys have been traced back as far as Robert Hundleby, who died on 7th January 1766 leaving a will stating that he was a Graiser in Firsby, a small village just outside Spilsby in Lincolnshire. After a number of bequests, he left the remainder of his estate to his wife Elizabeth (nee Gresswell). Two sons (John and Robert) and three daughters were named in his will.

Evelyn writes about the descendants of Robert's son, John Hundleby, who was born in Firsby and was buried at Monksthorpe in 1793, aged 37. Grant writes about the descendants of Robert Hundleby (jnr) and includes information about his grandfather's emigration to New Zealand and the other Antipodean Hundlebys..

Finding baptismal and death records for the Hundleby family in the 18th century is time consuming - any help that you can offer will be gratefully received! Whilst the Hundleby family was Methodist in the 19th and 20th centuries, it is just possible that the Hundleby family was nonconformist in the 18th Century and this may explain the lack of C of E baptismal records. Monksthorpe is the main Baptist Chapel for the surrounding area, built in 1701.  The Monksthorpe records were damaged by fire and limited records remain. There is at least one other Hundleby grave at Monksthorpe Baptist Chapel.  This grave relates to another John Hundleby buried at Monksthorpe in 1742 aged 60 but the final link to the current Hundleby families has yet to be established.

The Hundleby Society is also in touch with a number of descendants of Elizabeth Hundleby who married William Sizer on 17 May 1721. There has been speculation that this was the Elizabeth Hundleby who was baptised in Willoughby on 1 March 1682, but the baptism dates of her children throw doubt on this assumptions.  No definitive connection has yet been made between this Hundleby line and Robert Hundleby, the Firsby graiser – the search continues.

The Hundleby Society is researching all Hundleby wills pre 1720 to try and establish links between the Ancient Hundlebys and the Modern day Hundleby families.


The only variant of the name registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies is Hundelby, although the name has clearly been transcribed in many different ways over the years.

Origin of the surname

In more recent times the Hundleby family originated from Lincolnshire, where there is also a town with the same name. The place name of Hundleby derives from the settlement of Hundulf and there are references in Domesday Book. Domesday Book also mentions a place Hundulftorp (or Hvndvlftorp), a lost village halfway between North Kilvington and Upsall in North Yorkshire. This name has a similar interpretation: 'Hundulfr's outlying farm or hamlet' but there are minimal Hundleby references in North Yorkshire.

The name is Germanic in origin either from the continental Germanic name Hundulf or the Old West Scandinavian name Hundulfr. The latter name is a compound of two elements originally derived from two Old West Scandinavian common nouns: hundr (meaning hound, dog) and ulfr (meaning wolf).

Distribution of the name Button Download

If you download the pdf file, you will see that in the 1881 census for England and Wales around 85% of the records appear in Lincolnshire, 9% in Yorkshire with a scattering in Northamptonshire, Berkshire and Hampshire.  This is representative of all the England and Wales census records from 1841 to 1901. A few e members of the Hundleby family emigrated to New Zealand and Canada in the 19th century. However the 20th century saw a much greater migration away from Lincolnshire to other parts of the UK.  The Hundleby Society is in contact with most of the Hundleby families in the UK and the rest of the world.  The name is now known in the UK, Canada, the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.