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

The ancestors of the Hames surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Cumberland, where their name is derived from Hames Hall.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hames include Hames, Haymes and others.

First found in Cumberland 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 Hames research. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hames History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hames Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hames Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Hames settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Hames, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Tho Hames, aged 19, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Richard and Thomas Hames settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Clement Hames settled in St. Christopher in 1635


Hames Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Hames, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • J Hames, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Michael Hames, who landed in Iowa in 1883

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  • Robert "Bob" Earl Hames (1920-1998), American jazz guitarist, rated one of the top ten guitarist in the US by Down Beat magazine
  • Mat Hames (b. 1971), American independent filmmaker
  • Ashley Martyn Hames (b. 1970), English television presenter, director and writer
  • Greg Hames (b. 1980), English cricketer
  • Michael Hames, Canadian landscape artist and sculptor
  • Dr. J Danelle Hames, of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute
  • Jagan Hames (b. 1975), Australian gold medalist decathlete at the 1998 Commonwealth Games
  • Dr Kim Desmond Hames MBBS JP MLA (b. 1953), Western Australian politician, Minister for Health; Tourism (2010-)


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  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Hames Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hames 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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