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Where did the Scottish Hamilton family come from? What is the Scottish Hamilton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hamilton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hamilton family history?

The Hamilton family name, was a Norman name that came to Scotland from England. It is thought to derive from the village of Hamilton or Hameldune near Barkby in the county of Leicestershire. The village name comes from the Old English elements "hamel," which means "blunt," "flat-topped," or "crooked," and "dun," which means hill. There is a town of Hamilton near Glasgow, which took its name from the family, but may in turn have spawned more instances of the surname.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hamilton, Hamelton, Hameldon, Hamildon, Hamylton, Hambleton and many more.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they were granted lands by King Robert the Bruce of Scotland. The Clan traces its origin to the Earls of Mellent in Normandy who arrived in Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066 AD. They were granted lands in Hambleton in Buckinghamshire. Soon after, Sir William de Hambleton accepted a challenge from John de Spence. Spence was killed, drawing the wrath of King Edward II of England. Sir William fled northwards with his entourage to Scotland, hotly pursued by the king's men. With their pursuers close behind them, Sir William and his servant exchanged clothes with two wood cutters and, using their saw, they cut down a large oak tree to bridge a river. Finally, when at last the tree fell, Sir William cried 'through' and they escaped across the river over the tree. The Clan Hamilton has retained this motto since that eventful day.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamilton research. Another 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1392, 1296, 1495, 1520, 1504, 1528, 1528, 1563, 1637, 1575, 1658, 1580, 1659, 1623, 1600, 1640, 1626, 1669, 1650, 1685, 1610, 1674, 1633, 1655, 1666, 1650, 1701, 1719, 1604, 1670, 1636, 1668, 1607, 1679, 1646, 1720, 1663, 1715, 1707 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Hamilton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 507 words(36 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hamilton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hamilton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hamilton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • David Hamilton settled in Boston in 1651
  • Danl Hamilton, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Andrew Hamilton (c. 1676-1741), was an early colonial lawyer (Scottish born), who became attorney general of Pennsylvania (1717)
  • Andrew Hamilton, who arrived in America in 1685
  • Mathew Hamilton settled in New England in 1685

Hamilton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Cath Hamilton, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Alexander Hamilton, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
  • Bell Hamilton, who landed in Maryland in 1747
  • Archibald Hamilton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Archie Hamilton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766


Hamilton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jas Hamilton, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Elizabeth Hamilton, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Conway Hamilton, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Daniel Hamilton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Edward Hamilton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811


Hamilton Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • August Hamilton, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

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  • Lois Hamilton (1943-1999), American model, author, actress, artist and accomplished aerobatic pilot
  • Tyler Hamilton (b. 1971), American professional road bicycle racer
  • Bobby Hamilton (1958-2007), American NASCAR driver who won the 2001 Talladega 500
  • Major General Pierpont Morgan Hamilton (1898-1982), American Army Air Forces officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942
  • Tim Hamilton (b. 1966), American cartoonist and illustrator
  • Richard Streit Hamilton (b. 1943), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in 2009
  • Margaret Hamilton (1902-1985), American film actress known for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz
  • Alexander Hamilton (1755-1757), American Founding Father, soldier, economist, political philosopher, the first United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Foreststorn "Chico" Hamilton (1921-2013), American jazz drummer and bandleader, known for his work with Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington and Count Basie
  • Robert Edward Archibald Hamilton -Udney CIE, DL (1871-1950), Scottish representative peer and a soldier, 11th Lord Belhaven and Stenton

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  • Celena (Lena) Jane Russell Smith (also Hamilton), Her Ancestors, Descendants, and Collateral Kinsmen by Matthew Lee McHugh and Celena Russell Smith McHugh.
  • Hamilton Kin of Martha M.
  • Tucker by Duard Arnold Tucker.
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Hamilton
Hambilton, Hambleton, Hameldon, Hamelton, Hamildon, Hamilton, Hammeldon, Hammelton, Hammildon, Hammilton, Hammylton, Hamultun, Hamylton, Hembleton, Hemeldon, Hemelton, Hemildon, Hemilton, Hemylton and more.

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