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

The name Hamlin was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hamlin family lived in Gloucestershire. Their name, however, is local reference of Old French derivation. It is stems from the Old French root hamel, indicating that the original bearer of the name once worked at an outlying farm which was dependent upon a main village. Several areas in Normandy are called Hamelin.


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hamelin, Hamelyn, Hamelen, Hamelyng, Hamelyne and others.

First found in Gloucestershire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamlin research. Another 208 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1105, 1129, 1148, 1202, and 1275 are included under the topic Early Hamlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Hamlin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 102 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hamlin or a variant listed above:

Hamlin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James Hamlin, who came to Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1639
  • James Hamlin, who landed in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Margarett Hamlin, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Phillipp Hamlin, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • James, Joyce, Margaret, Phillip, Hamlin, who all settled in Virginia in 1653

Hamlin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Hamlin, who arrived in New York in 1840
  • James M Hamlin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Patrick and Thomas Hamlin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852
  • James S Hamlin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Thomas Hamlin, who landed in Colorado in 1884


  • Hannibal Hamlin (1809-1891), American political leader, 15th Vice President of the United States (1861-1865) serving under President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War
  • Courtney W. Hamlin (1858-1950), American politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri
  • Charles Sumner Hamlin (1861-1938), American lawyer, first Chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • Harry Robinson Hamlin (b. 1951), American film and television actor, known for his roles as Perseus in the 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans
  • Ken Hamlin (b. 1981), American football safety
  • Ken Hamlin (b. 1935), American Major League Baseball infielder
  • Luke Hamlin (1904-1978), Major League Baseball pitcher, nicknamed "Hot Potato," he played from 1933 to 1944
  • Sally Hamlin (b. 1902), American child actor and recording artist
  • Simon M. Hamlin (1866-1939), U.S. Representative from Maine
  • Vincent Trout "V.T." Hamlin (1900-1993), American creator of the comic strip Alley Oop



  • History of Hamlin Family with Genealogies of Early Settlers of the Name in America; 1639-1894, Part One by Henry Franklin Andrews.
  • The Jacob Vernon Hamblin Family (also Hamlin): Jacob Vernon Hamblin, A Descendant of James Hamblin, Immigrant, Who Came From London, England, and Settled in Barnstable, 1639 by Vera Leib Miller.

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