Submitted Name Save Type Surname Usage German (?), Literature Pronounced Pron. HUWM-pu-dingk(German) HUM-pər-dingk(Literature) [key·IPA] Edit Status Status [history·contributorshide contributors] Added 11/14/2016 by anonymous Edited 3/18/2020 by Mike C Meaning & History From the German surname Humperdinck. As a surname it was born by the composer Engelbert Humperdinck. As a first name it was used for the villain Prince Humperdinck in William Goldman's novel The Princess Bride.