Ham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Ham comes from when the family resided in the county of Sussex in an area that was known by the low-lying land near a stream. The surname Ham was originally derived from the Old English word Hamme, which also has patronymic origins. There is a Norman connection with this name too. There we found the name was derived from the Castle of Ham, Normandy. William du Hamm was listed in Normandy in 1180-98 and the same reference lists William and Alexander de Ham in England c.1272. [1]

Early Origins of the Ham family

The surname Ham was first found in Sussex where one of the first records of the name was Robert de la Hamme who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same reference also includes: John de Hamme in Wiltshire; and William de Ham in Cambridge.

Early History of the Ham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ham research. Another 224 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1296, 1610, 1568, 1640, 1568, 1600, 1676, 1600 and 1617 are included under the topic Early Ham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ham Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ham has been recorded under many different variations, including Ham, Hamm, Hame, Hamey and others.

Early Notables of the Ham family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Baldwin Hamey the Elder, M.D. (1568-1640), English physician, descended from Odo de Hame, who served under the Count of Flanders at the siege of Acre, and was born at Bruges in 1568. Baldwin...
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United States Ham migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ham or a variant listed above:

Ham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Ham, who settled in Virginia in 1621
  • William Ham, who settled in Rhode Island in 1630
  • William Ham, who landed in New England in 1646 [2]
  • Barbara Ham, who landed in Maryland in 1650 [2]
  • Kath Ham, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
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Ham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthew Ham, who landed in New England in 1704 [2]
  • Mattys Ham, who arrived in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Peter Ham, who landed in Neve York in 1715-1716 [2]
  • Casper Ham, who landed in New York in 1715-1716 [2]
  • Coenraet Ham, who arrived in New York in 1715-1716 [2]
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Ham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C K Ham, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [2]
  • Cornelia Van Ham, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [2]
  • Jacob Van Ham, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [2]
  • Adam Ham, aged 24, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [2]

Canada Ham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jotham Ham, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Julina Ham, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Nicolas Ham, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Peter Ham, who arrived in Nova Scoria in 1757
  • Joseph Ham, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
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Ham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Abraham Ham, who arrived in Manitoba in 1876

Australia Ham migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Pyke Ham, (b. 1790), aged 46 born in Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall on 30th July 1836, sentenced for life for stealing apparel, transported aboard the ship "Susan" in 1837 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Richard Pike Ham, (b. 1790), aged 46, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 30th July 1836, sentenced for life for stealing clothing from John Lowe and an ewe sheep from William Spittague, transported aboard the ship "Susan" on 29th July 1837 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Ham, (b. 1829), aged 14, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 22nd March 1843, sentenced for 10 years for stealing 15 pouds of flour from his emplyer, transported aboard the ship "Stratheden" on 31st July 1845 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Ham born in Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall on 22nd March 1843, sentenced for 10 years for stealing flour, transported aboard the ship "Stratheden" in 1845 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia, he died on board 19th November 1837 [3]
  • Edward Ham, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [5]
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New Zealand Ham migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Ham, (b. 1839), aged 25, Cornish settler departing on 3rd April 1864 aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [6]
  • Mr. John Thomas Ham, (b. 1859), aged 5, Cornish settler departing on 3rd April 1864 aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [6]
  • Mr. Joseph A.J. Ham, (b. 1861), aged 3, Cornish settler departing on 3rd April 1864 aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [6]
  • Mr. Philip Ham, (b. 1832), aged 32, Cornish farm labourer departing on 3rd April 1864 aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [6]
  • Mr. Philip Ham, (b. 1832), aged 32, British farm labourer travelling aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttleton, South Island, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ham (post 1700) +

  • Billy Mack "Bill" Ham (1937-2016), American manager, producer of and image-maker for the blues-rock band ZZ Top (1969 to 2006)
  • James Richard Ham (1921-2002), American Roman Catholic Titular Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota
  • Captain, USN Kenneth "Hock" Tom Ham (b. 1964), American retired astronaut with over 13 days in space and a Captain in the United States Navy [8]
  • Darvin Ham (b. 1973), American former NBA professional basketball player
  • Jack Raphael Ham Jr. (b. 1948), former American NFL Football linebacker, inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Donald Ham, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2008 [9]
  • Daniel W. Ham, American Republican politician, Candidate for Maryland State Senate District 8, 1966 [9]
  • Charles Ham (b. 1851), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1903-06; Member of South Dakota State Senate 41st District, 1919-20 [9]
  • Caroline R. Ham, American politician, Mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1981-83 [9]
  • Bill Ham Jr., American politician, Mayor of Auburn, Alabama, 2000 [9]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Alfred Albert Ham, English Blacksmith 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [10]


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Kenneth Ham. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/ham.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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