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

The Hambleton 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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hamilton, Hamelton, Hameldon, Hamildon, Hamylton, Hambleton and many more.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, 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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hambleton research. Another 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1392, 1296, 1495, 1520, 1504, 1528, 1528, 1563, 1637, 1575, 1658, 1580, 1659, 1623, 1600, 1640, 1626, 1669, 1650, 1685, 1610, 1674, 1633, 1655, 1666, 1650, 1701, 1719, 1604, 1670, 1636, 1668, 1607, 1679, 1646, 1720, 1663, 1715, 1707 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Hambleton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 507 words(36 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hambleton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hambleton 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hambleton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Amos Hambleton, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • John Hambleton, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Geo Hambleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Peter Hambleton, who landed in Maryland in 1656
  • Francis Hambleton, who landed in Maryland in 1657


Hambleton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Kath Hambleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Sarah Hambleton, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Margt Hambleton, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Jos Hambleton, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Margaret Hambleton, who landed in Virginia in 1714


Hambleton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • T E Hambleton, who arrived in San Frandsco, California in 1851

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  • Lieutenant Colonel Iceal E. "Gene" Hambleton (1918-2004), United States Air Force officer, famous for being the subject of a long and costly search and rescue mission during the Vietnam War
  • Samuel Hambleton (1777-1851), United States Navy officer who served with distinction during the War of 1812. The destroyer USS Hambleton (DD-455) was named in his honor
  • Richard Hambleton (b. 1954), American artist-painter
  • Samuel Hambleton (1812-1886), American politician from Maryland
  • Peter Hambleton, New Zealand stage, film and television actor, and stage director


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The Hambleton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hambleton 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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