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

The origins of the name Hammonds are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hammonds has been spelled many different ways, including Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.

First found in Kent 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 Hammonds research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1209, 1647, 1579, 1600, 1658, 1605, 1660, 1630, 1681, 1672, 1716, 1621, 1654, 1665 and are included under the topic Early Hammonds History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 219 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hammonds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hammonds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hammondss to arrive in North America: Daniel Hammond settled in Bermuda in 1635; Elizabeth Hammond and her husband settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with their four children; Henry Hammond arrived in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia with his wife and three children in 1774.

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  • Jay Sterner Hammonds (1922-2005), American politician
  • Jeffrey Bryan Hammonds (b. 1971), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Tom Edward Hammonds (b. 1967), retired American professional basketball player
  • Evelynn M. Hammonds (b. 1953), American academic
  • Roger Hammonds (b. 1974), English bicycle racer
  • Dean John Hammonds (b. 1983), English football player
  • Albert Hammonds (b. 1944), OBE, is a British singer, songwriter and record producer
  • Nicholas Geoffrey Hammonds (1907-2001), British scholar of ancient Greece


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per tot discrimina verun
Motto Translation: Through so many dangers

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

This page was last modified on 17 October 2013 at 12:17.

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