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

The Welsh name Hanmore comes from the name of the parish of Hanmer, which was in the diocese of St. Asaph, in the county of Flint.

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Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. The most obvious reason was the challenge of translating from Welsh into English. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Hanmore name over the years has been spelled Hanmere, Hanmare, Hanmair, Hanmer, Hanmerr, Handmer and many more.

First found in Flintshire (Welsh: Sir y Fflint), a historic county, created after the defeat of the Welsh Kingdom of Gwynedd in 1284, and located in north-east Wales, where the Hanmore family held a seat from early times as Lords of the manor of Hanmer in that shire, from about the year 1250. The first to bear this name was Sir John of Macclesfield who was Constable of Carnarvon Castle who assumed the name of Hanmer from his mother's family, his mother being an heiress of Hanmer. The original family name is said to have been Mackfel, but this is thought to have been merely a corruption of Macclesfield. It is more likely that they are direct descendants of Tudor Trevor through David Ap Dai Madoc, through David Voel of Hanmer, grandson of Sir John Hopton of Bettisfield, who is claimed to be the lineal male ancestor of the Hanmers of Hanmer.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanmore research. Another 281 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1590, 1624, 1624, 1612, 1678, 1640, 1669, 1678, 1701, 1659, 1677, 1746, 1714 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Hanmore History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 201 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hanmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Hanmore:

Hanmore Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Hanmore, who arrived in New England in 1633

Hanmore Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Celia Hanmore, aged 23, who landed in America from Castlerea, in 1895

Hanmore Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Albert Hanmore, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917
  • James Hanmore, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1917
  • John Hanmore, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Florence M. Hanmore, aged 62, who settled in America from Nottingham, England, in 1924

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  • Ian Hanmore, Scottish actor from Edinburgh
  • Roch Hanmore, Irish-born, Australian rules footballer


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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: Gardez l'honneur
Motto Translation: Keep the honour.

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