Origins Available: German
The name Hahm comes from the German region of Westphalia
. The tradition of adopting hereditary surnames
came to Germany
after the 12th century, and the names of places where people lived were a primary source. Many local
names carry the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It originally indicated land ownership, and is sometimes a mark of nobility. The Hahm family originally lived near a river or lake. The names was originally derived from the High German ham,
which meant lakeside
or river side.
In the early Middle Ages, this surname was frequently preceded by van dem
which translate as at the
and emphasize the local origins of the surname. Hamm is also the name of a place situated on the banks of the River Lippe in Westphalia
, which was founded in 1229.
Early Origins of the Hahm family
The surname Hahm was first found in Westphalia
, where the name Hamm contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local
social and political affairs.
Early History of the Hahm family
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Hahm Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Hahm include Hamm, Hamme, Hahm, Hahme, Hahmm, Hahmme, Haamm, Haamme, Haam, Haame and many more.
Early Notables of the Hahm family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hahm family to the New World and Oceana
For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:
Hahm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christian Hahm, aged 38, who landed in America in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)