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

The name Hamm is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the county of Sussex in an area that was known by the low-lying land near a stream. The surname Hamm was originally derived from the Old English word Hamme, which also has patronymic origins. There is a Norman connection with this name too. There we found the name was derived from the Castle of Ham, Normandy. William du Hamm was listed in Normandy in 1180-98 and the same reference lists William and Alexander de Ham in England c.1272.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hamm are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Hamm include: Ham, Hamm, Hame and others.

First found in Sussex where one of the first records of the name was Robert de la Hamme who was listed in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. The same reference also includes: John de Hamme in Wiltshire; and William de Ham in Cambridge.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamm research. Another 451 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1296, and 1610 are included under the topic Early Hamm History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hamm or a variant listed above:

Hamm Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Conrad Hamm who arrived in New York City in 1710
  • Conrad Hamm, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Johan Daniel Hamm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Andreas Hamm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johan Jacob Hamm, who landed in America in 1753


Hamm Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Anton Hamm, who landed in Venezuela in 1842
  • Johann Georg Hamm, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Richard Hamm, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • David Hamm, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Fredrick Hamm who arrived in Texas in 1852


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  • Mia Hamm (b. 1972), American athlete named U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years from 1994-96
  • Henry Stevens Hamm (b. 1922), American fund-raising executive
  • Mariel Hamm, American soccer player
  • Jonathan Daniel "Jon" Hamm (b. 1971), Golden Globe award winning American actor
  • Mary Hamm (b. 1982), American nine-time gold medalist archer, world number one ranked archer in September 2003 and July 2005
  • Joe Hamm (b. 1950), American soccer player at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Morgan Carl Hamm (b. 1982), American two-time silver medalist artistic gymnast
  • Sam Hamm (b. 1955), American two-time Hugo Award nominated screenwriter, best known for writing Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns
  • Harold Hamm (b. 1945), American oilman, best known for pioneering the Bakken formation, Forbes magazine ranked him as the 30th richest person in America (2012)
  • Edward "Ed" or "Eddie" Barton Hamm (1906-1982), American gold medalist in the long jump at the 1928 Summer Olympics

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