Ammons History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the name Ammons are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early Origins of the Ammons family
The surname Ammons was first found in Kent. The Roll of Battle Abbey reveals that two brothers, sons or grandsons of Hamon Dentatus accompanied the Conqueror in his Conquest. The first was Robert Fitz-Hamon, the renowned Conqueror of Glamorganshire and the second was Haimon, named in the Domesday Book as "Dapifer," for having received the office of Lord Steward for the King. The latter died issueless while the former had four daughters, three of which had conventual lives.
The remaining daughter named Mabel married Robert Fitzroy, Earl of Gloucester. Hamon Dentatus had two other sons: Richard of Granville; and Creuquer who inherited the Barony of Chatham from Robert Fitz-Hamon and many of the Kentish estates of Hamon Dapifer. 
These estates were passed down to Haimon de Crévequer (died 1208) who had one son Robert Haimon. The latter joined the confederacy of Barons against Henry III., and as a consequence lost all his estates.
Later, West-Acre in Norfolk was home to a branch of the family. "It is the property of A. Hamond, Esq., whose seat here, High House, is a handsome mansion in the Italian style, finely situated in a well-wooded park. The church is partly in the early and partly in the later English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains the mausoleum of the Hamond family, and many beautiful monuments to several of its members." 
Early History of the Ammons family
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Ammons Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ammons family name include Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.
Early Notables of the Ammons family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Matthew Hammond (died 1579) Unitarian ploughwright from Hetherset, Norfolk, who was executed for his beliefs; Thomas Hammond (c. 1600-1658), an officer in the New Model Army and a regicide; Henry Hammond (1605-1660), an English churchman; Thomas Hammond (1630-1681), an English-born merchant and landowner who settled in Norway, father of Sara Hammond...
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Migration of the Ammons family to Ireland
Some of the Ammons family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Ammons migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ammons surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Ammons Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John W. Ammons, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1909
- Josephine Ammons, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1914
- Lawrence Ammons, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1914
- Joseph E Ammons, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Ammons (post 1700) +
- Elias Milton Ammons (1860-1925), American politician, 19th Governor of Colorado (1913-1915)
- Clifton R. "Cliff" Ammons (1918-1981), American politician, Louisiana State Representative from Sabine Parish (1960-1964)
- Eugene "Jug" Ammons (1925-1974), American jazz saxophonist, nicknamed "The Boss"
- Robert Bruce Ammons (1920-1999), American psychologist, co-founder of Psychological Reports
- Archie Randolph "A.R." Ammons (1926-2001), American author and poet
- Albert C. Ammons (1907-1949), American jazz pianist
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The Ammons Motto +
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
- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.