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The Hamilton family name, was a Norman name that came to Scotland from England. It is thought to derive from the village of Hamilton or Hameldune near Barkby in the county of Leicestershire. The village name comes from the Old English elements "hamel," which means "blunt," "flat-topped," or "crooked," and "dun," which means hill. There is a town of Hamilton near Glasgow, which took its name from the family, but may in turn have spawned more instances of the surname.

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The surname Hamilton was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friý), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they were granted lands by King Robert the Bruce of Scotland. The Clan traces its origin to the Earls of Mellent in Normandy who arrived in Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066 AD. They were granted lands in Hambleton in Buckinghamshire. Soon after, Sir William de Hambleton accepted a challenge from John de Spence. Spence was killed, drawing the wrath of King Edward II of England. Sir William fled northwards with his entourage to Scotland, hotly pursued by the king's men. With their pursuers close behind them, Sir William and his servant exchanged clothes with two wood cutters and, using their saw, they cut down a large oak tree to bridge a river. Finally, when at last the tree fell, Sir William cried 'through' and they escaped across the river over the tree. The Clan Hamilton has retained this motto since that eventful day.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hamilton, Hamelton, Hameldon, Hamildon, Hamylton, Hambleton and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamilton research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1392, 1296, 1495, 1520, 1504, 1528, 1528, 1563, 1637, 1575, 1658, 1580, 1659, 1623, 1600, 1640, 1626, 1669, 1650, 1685, 1610, 1674, 1633, 1655, 1666, 1650, 1701, 1719, 1604, 1670, 1636, 1668, 1607, 1679, 1646, 1720, 1663, 1715, 1707 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Hamilton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable among the family at this time was Sir Patrick Hamilton (d. 1520), a Scottish nobleman, and younger brother of aforementioned James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran; his son, Patrick Hamilton (c.1504-1528), Scottish Protestant martyr, charged with heresy, sentenced by Archbishop Beaton, and burned at the stake in 1528; Thomas Hamilton...

Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hamilton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Hamilton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hamilton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Hamilton settled in Boston in 1651
  • Danl Hamilton, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Andrew Hamilton ( c. 1676-1741), was an early colonial lawyer (Scottish born), who became attorney general of Pennsylvania (1717)
  • Andrew Hamilton, who arrived in America in 1685
  • Mathew Hamilton settled in New England in 1685

Hamilton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cath Hamilton, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Alexander Hamilton, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
  • Bell Hamilton, who landed in Maryland in 1747
  • Archibald Hamilton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Archie Hamilton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
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Hamilton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Hamilton, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Elizabeth Hamilton, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Conway Hamilton, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Daniel Hamilton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Edward Hamilton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
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Hamilton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • August Hamilton, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

Hamilton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Hamilton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. George Hamilton U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Gorham Hamilton U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. James Hamilton U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. John Hamilton U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
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Hamilton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Hamilton, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Elenor Donovan Hamilton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • James Hamilton, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Eliza Hamilton, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Thomas Hamilton, aged 65, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
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Hamilton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Hamilton, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Hamilton, a painter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mary Hamilton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Mary Elizabeth Hamilton arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Duke of York" in 1836
  • William Holmes Hamilton arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Duke of York" in 1836
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Hamilton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • F Hamilton landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Barque Tuscan
  • William Hamilton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship London
  • William Hamilton arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • J W Hamilton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • James Hamilton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1851
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  • Alexander Hamilton (1755-1757), American Founding Father, soldier, economist, political philosopher, the first United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • William Hamilton (1939-2016), American cartoonist and playwright, best known for his work with the magazine The New Yorker
  • John Randle Hamilton (b. 1944), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Peru, 1999-2002; Guatemala, 2003-05
  • Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from New York, 1782; Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1786-87; Member, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787
  • Leland Milo Hamilton (1927-2015), American Major League Baseball sportscaster who received the Ford Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992
  • Darryl Quinn Hamilton (1964-2015), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1988 to 2001
  • Margaret Hamilton (1902-1985), American film actress, best known for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz
  • Foreststorn "Chico" Hamilton (1921-2013), American jazz drummer and bandleader, known for his work with Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington and Count Basie
  • Richard Streit Hamilton (b. 1943), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in 2009
  • Richard M. Hamilton, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Le Havre, 1919
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Hamilton Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James Alfred Hamilton, British Bell Boy from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Frank William Hamilton, British Ticket Agent from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. S G Hamilton (b. 1911), English Lieutenant Surgeon from Cambridge, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Isabella Hamilton, English 2nd Class passenger residing in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Ernest Hamilton (d. 1912), aged 25, English Assistant Smoke Room Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Celena (Lena) Jane Russell Smith (also Hamilton), Her Ancestors, Descendants, and Collateral Kinsmen by Matthew Lee McHugh and Celena Russell Smith McHugh.
  • Hamilton Kin of Martha M.
  • Tucker by Duard Arnold Tucker.
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Hamilton
Hambilton, Hambleton, Hameldon, Hamelton, Hamildon, Hamilton, Hammeldon, Hammelton, Hammildon, Hammilton, Hammylton, Hamultun, Hamylton, Hembleton, Hemeldon, Hemelton, Hemildon, Hemilton, Hemylton and more.

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    Other References

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    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Hamilton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hamilton 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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