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

The Anglo-Saxon name Hammons comes from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hammons has appeared include 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 Hammons 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 Hammons 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 Hammons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hammons 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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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hammons arrived in North America very early:

Hammons Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Morgan Hammons settled in Virginia in 1670

Hammons Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • James Hammons settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1768

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  • James Quentin Hammons (1919-2013), American businessman, hotelier and philanthropist
  • David Hammons (b. 1943), African-American artist in New York City
  • John Tyler Hammons (b. 1988), American politician, the 47th Mayor of Muskogee, Oklahoma (2008 to 2012)
  • E. W. Hammons (1882-1962), American film producer who produced 228 films between 1921 and 1938
  • Joseph Hammons (1787-1836), American politician, United States Representative from New Hampshire
  • Edden Hammons (1876-1955), American fiddler from West Virginia
  • David Hammons, American politician, United States Representative from Maine (1847-1849)
  • Debbie Healy Hammons, American politician, Democratic member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (2005-2011)
  • Foy Hammons, American football player and coach in the early 1900s through the 1930s


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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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  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Hammons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammons 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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