It was first described in 1813 and named for Abraham Hume (1749-1838).
Humite is also used as the name of a group of closely related minerals -- humite, clinohumite, chondrodite, and norbergite. These minerals are similar in structure and in chemistry. Deer et al. (1997) note that a general formula for the humite-group minerals can be simply expressed as nM2SiO4 . M(OH,F)2 , where M is Mg, Fe, Ti etc. and n = 1 (norbergite), 2 (chondrodite), 3 (humite), and 4 (clinohumite). Deer et al. (1997) also note that although the formula above correctly describes the chemistries of these minerals, structural formulas are more complex.