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Where did the English Hams family come from? What is the English Hams family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hams family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hams family history?The ancestors of the bearers of the Hams family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the county of Sussex in an area that was known by the low-lying land near a stream. The surname Hams 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.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hams 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hams research. Another 451 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1296, and 1610 are included under the topic Early Hams History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hams or a variant listed above:
Hams Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Hams Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hams 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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