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

The name Hammond originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hammond has appeared include Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammond research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1209, 1647, 1579, 1600, 1658, 1605, 1660, 1630, 1681, 1672, 1716, 1621, 1654, 1665 and are included under the topic Early Hammond History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 219 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hammond Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hammond family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hammond arrived in North America very early:

Hammond Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Hammond and her husband settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with their four children
  • Daniel Hammond settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Daniell Hammond, aged 12, landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • Thomas Hammond, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Benjamin Hammond, who landed in Maryland in 1650

Hammond Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Edwd Hammond, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • George Hammond, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Joseph Hammond settled in Maryland in 1774

Hammond Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Hammond, aged 27, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Robert Hammond, who landed in New York in 1837
  • Hugh Hammond, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Charles L Hammond, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Wm F Hammond, aged 41, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1854


  • Jay Sterner Hammond (1922-2005), American politician, Governor of Alaska from 1974-1982
  • John Hammond Jr. (b. 1942), American blues guitarist/harmonica player
  • Lloyd Blaine Hammond Jr. (b. 1952), former NASA Astronaut with over 199 hours in space
  • George S. Hammond (1921-2009), American chemist
  • James Henry Hammond (1807-1864), South Carolina governor and senator
  • John H. Hammond (1910-1987), American record producer, musician and critic
  • John P. Hammond (b. 1942), American singer and guitarist
  • Nicholas Hammond (b. 1950), American actor best known for his role as Friedrich von Trapp in the film The Sound of Music
  • Randall Hammond (b. 1959), American Marine Corps pilot and decorated war veteran
  • Raymond P. Hammond (b. 1964), American poet, critic and editor



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per tot discrimina verun
Motto Translation: Through so many dangers


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  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Hammond Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammond 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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