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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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Hamilton, Hamelton, Hameldon, Hamildon, Hamylton, Hambleton and many more.
First found in Renfrewshire, 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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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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Hamilton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Hamilton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Hamilton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Hamilton Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
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...More
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.
The Hamilton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hamilton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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