Hamblen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hamblen reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Hamblen family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hamblen family lived in Gloucestershire. Their name, however, is local reference of Old French derivation. It is stems from the Old French root hamel, indicating that the original bearer of the name once worked at an outlying farm which was dependent upon a main village. Several areas in Normandy are called Hamelin.

Early Origins of the Hamblen family

The surname Hamblen was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where "three of this name are entered as under-tenants: Hamelin homo Hugonis filii Baldrici in Lincolnshire; Hamelin holding of Roger de Montgomery in Sussex, and also mentioned in Devonshire; and Hamelin of Cornwall. 'Whether Hamelin of Devonshire and Hamelin of Cornwall were the same person, does not appear. In the latter county Hamelin held twenty-two manors under the Earl of Mortaine. He is supposed to have been the ancestor of the Trelawny family, and to have resided at Treloen, one of the manors described in the Survey as his property." [1]

Early History of the Hamblen family

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Hamblen Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hamblen include Hamelin, Hamelyn, Hamelen, Hamelyng, Hamelyne and others.

Early Notables of the Hamblen family (pre 1700)

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Hamblen Ranking

In the United States, the name Hamblen is the 13,277th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Hamblen family to Ireland

Some of the Hamblen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hamblen migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Hamblens to arrive on North American shores:

Hamblen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Hamblen, who landed in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1639 [3]
  • John Hamblen, who arrived in New England in 1642 [3]
Hamblen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. C.E. Hamblen, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Reford P. Hamblen, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Kate J. Hamblen, aged 40, who landed in America from London, England, in 1923
  • Bernard Hamblen, aged 45, who landed in America from London, England, in 1923
  • Charles Hamblen, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

West Indies Hamblen migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Hamblen Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mathew Hamblen, aged 38, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hamblen (post 1700) +

  • Frank Hamblen (1947-2017), American NBA coach and scout, and a former college basketball player at Syracuse University
  • Carl Stuart Hamblen (1908-1989), American singing cowboy, and later became a Christian songwriter
  • Will H. Hamblen (1876-1952), American early settler in the Palo Duro Canyon, eponym of Hamblen Drive, near Claude, Texas
  • Hezekiah Hamblen (1775-1854), American early settler, landowner, attorney, eponym of Hamblen County, Tennessee
  • Dr. James Henry Hamblen (1877-1971), American pastor, evangelist and revivalist preacher, founder of the Evangelical Methodist Church
  • Brigadier-General Archelaus Lewis Hamblen (1894-1971), American Chief of the Office of Civil Affairs & Military Government (1952) [5]
  • Rodney H. Hamblen, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, 1981 [6]
  • Carl Stuart Hamblen (1908-1989), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for President of the United States, 1952 [6]
  • Sir Nicholas Archibald Hamblen (b. 1957), English Justice of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales

  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Archelaus Hamblen. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hamblen/Archelaus_Lewis/USA.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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