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

The origins of the name Ammons are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ammons family name 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ammons 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 Ammons History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Ammons 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.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ammons surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Ammons Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • John W. Ammons, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Josephine Ammons, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Lawrence Ammons, aged 25, who emigrated to America, in 1914
  • Joseph E Ammons, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920

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  • Albert C. Ammons (1907-1949), American jazz pianist
  • Archie Randolph "A.R." Ammons (1926-2001), American author and poet
  • Clifton R. "Cliff" Ammons (1918-1981), American politician, Louisiana state representative
  • Eugene "Jug" Ammons (1925-1974), American jazz saxophonist, known as "The Boss"
  • Elias Milton Ammons (1860-1925), American politician, Governor of Colorado (1913 to 1915)
  • Robert Bruce Ammons (1920-1999), American psychologist, co-founder of Psychological Reports


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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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  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Ammons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ammons 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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