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Where did the English Haymore family come from? When did the Haymore family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Haymore family history?

Haymore is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Haymore family lived in Kent. The Hayman, however, does not refer to that area, but is a topographical reference to an enclosure of some sort. The name was originally derived from the Old English word haye, which meant enclosure.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Haymore are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Haymore include Hayman, Heyman and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haymore research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1629, 1610, 1658 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Haymore History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haymore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Haymore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Haymore, or a variant listed above: William Hayman settled in Barbados in 1634; Captain Hayman settled in Boston in 1765; William Hayman arrived in Philadelphia in 1774; Lambert Haymen settled in Philadelphia in 1875..

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