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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: Dutch, French, Irish, Scottish

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

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Hammel family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Scotland is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Hammel is a nickname type of surname Anglicized from the Gaelic name O'hAdhmaill, which means active.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hamill, Hammill, Hamil, Hommill, Homill, Homil, Hammel, Hammell and many more.

First found in Normandy, where Robert, Ranulph, Turstan and Savaric Hamel were recorded in 1180. From Normandy they branched to England in the wake of the Conquest. Shortly after their arrival in England members of the family moved to Scotland, and throughout the following centuries branches of this family were to remain in France as well as in their new homelands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammel research. Another 342 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1143, 1194, 1206, 1214, 1379, 1418, and 1497 are included under the topic Early Hammel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Hammel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words(9 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:

Hammel Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johann Henrich Hammel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Christian Hammel, who arrived in America in 1734
  • Merran Hammel, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Archibald Hammel, who settled in New York in 1740
  • Archibald Hammel, who landed in New York in 1740


Hammel Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Hammel, who arrived in New York in 1827
  • Catharine Hammel, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • Louis Hammel, who arrived in Allegany (Alkgheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Michael Hammel, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Martin Friedrich Hammel, aged 45, landed in America in 1846


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