Hamar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hamar is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Hamer in the parish of Rochdale in the county of Lancashire. [1]

The name may have been an occupational name "for a maker or seller of hammers, from the Old English hamor." [2]

"Hamer may have been an old Saxon forename; for there is in co. Lincoln a place called Hameringham; i. e., Home of Hamer's son. One of the Ger­man names of Thor was Hamar. Hamerton, Hamer's, Thor's, or Hammer town." [3]

Early Origins of the Hamar family

The surname Hamar was first found in Lancashire where the first record of the family was John of the Hamore who was listed there in the Assize Rolls of 1401. However, while this entry is regarded as the starting point for the family, there was another entry, that of Richard Hamer who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [2]

Early History of the Hamar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamar research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1426, 1574, 1597, 1572, 1610 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Hamar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hamar Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hamar are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hamar include: Hamer, Heymer and others.

Early Notables of the Hamar family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hamar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hamar migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hamar or a variant listed above:

Hamar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Hamar, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hamar (post 1700) +

  • Hamar Alfred Bass (1842-1898), British brewer, race horse breeder and a Liberal Party politician
  • Hamar Greenwood (1870-1948), British lawyer and politician, 1st Viscount Greenwood


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Dixon, Bernard Homer, Surnames. London: John Wilson and son, 1857. Print
  4. ^ 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)


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