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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Hampton is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the village of Hampton in the dioceses of Worcester, Hereford, London, Exeter, and Lichford.
The surname Hampton was first found in Staffordshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Wolverhampton with manor and estates in that shire. However, the name has three distinct origins: from the Old English word ham-tun as in "home farm, homestead"; from the Old English words hamm + tun, meaning "farmstead in an enclosure or river bend"; and finally from the Old English hean + tun meaning "high farmstead."  The earliest place name found was Hamtona in 716 which later became Hampton Lovett which is now a village and civil parish in the Wychavon district of the county of Worcestershire. The Domesday Book listed the following place names: Hamtune, Hantone, Hamntone Hantune, Hantone and Hantun.
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. Hampton has been spelled many different ways, including Hampton, Hamptonne and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hampton research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1221, 1327, 1552, 1625, 1613 and are included under the topic Early Hampton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hampton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hampton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Hamptons to arrive in North America:
Hampton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Joanne Hampton who settled in Virginia in 1621 with her husband William
- Joan Hampton, who landed in Virginia in 1621
- John Hampton settled in Virginia in 1634
- Jo Hampton, aged 30, arrived in Virginia in 1635
- Thomas Hampton, who landed in Virginia in 1637
Hampton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Esther Hampton, who landed in America in 1733
Hampton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christopher Hampton, who arrived in New York in 1824
- H A Hampton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
Hampton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Abner Hampton U.E., "Hamton" born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as signing the Quaker Loyalist Agreement
- Mr. Andrew Hampton U.E., "Hamton" who settled in Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as signing the Quaker Loyalist Agreement
Hampton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Robert Hampton was a grand juror of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1811
- James Hampton was a planter in Bonavista in 1823
- James Hampton, who arrived in Canada in 1828
- William Hampton settled in Port de Grave Parish, Newfoundland in 1829
- Edward Hampton, aged 21, a gentleman, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Perceval" from Plymouth
Hampton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Hampton, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- James Hampton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Henry Hampton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
- Louisa Hampton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
- John Hampton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
Hampton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Hampton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
- Wade Hampton III (1818-1902), American Civil War soldier and politician; elected Governor and Senator of South Carolina, opponent of Reconstruction
- Wade Hampton II (1791-1858), American plantation owner and soldier in War of 1812
- Ruth Hampton, American Dept. of the Interior member of the USAS Executive Committee in 1940, eponym of Mount Hampton, Antarctica
- Daniel Oliver Hampton (b. 1957), nicknamed "Danimal", American retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle
- Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton (b. 1932), American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger
- Lorenzo Timothy Hampton (b. 1962), former American college and NFL professional football running back
- Bruce Hampton (b. 1947), born Gustav Valentine Berglund III, American surrealist musician
- Wade Hampton I (1752-1835), American plantation owner and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina (1795-1797) and (1803-1805)
- Jamie Lee Hampton (b. 1990), American professional tennis player
- Michael William "Mike" Hampton (b. 1972), American Major League Baseball pitcher, two-time MLB All-Star
- The Venturers: The Hampton, Harrison, and Earle Families of Virginia, South Carolina, and Texas by Virginia G. Meynard.
- Yesterday: the Hampton, McCracken, Longwith, Marby & Wells Families by Diana L. Mellem.
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The Hampton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hampton 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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