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Hamblin is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hamblin 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.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hamblin are characterized by many spelling variations. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hamblin include Hamelin, Hamelyn, Hamelen, Hamelyng, Hamelyne and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamblin research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1275, 1105, 1129, 1202, 1533, 1539 and 1534 are included under the topic Early Hamblin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hamblin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hamblin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hamblin, or a variant listed above:

Hamblin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas S Hamblin, who landed in New York, NY in 1835
  • J W Hamblin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Charles Hamblin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • S C Hamblin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Hamblin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. David Hamblin U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Silas Hamblin Sr., U.E. who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. William Hamblin U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • David Hamblin, whose loyalist oath of allegiance was recorded in Ontario, Canada in 1796

Hamblin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Hamblin, aged 29, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • John Hamblin (aged 25), a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

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  • Onita Hamblin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1996
  • Neldon E. Hamblin, American politician, Mayor of Clearfield, Utah, 1989
  • M. E. Hamblin, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Fayette County, 1952
  • John K. Hamblin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1928
  • George B. Hamblin, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Sharon; Elected 1902
  • Eli Hamblin, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1832
  • E. O. Hamblin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of Minnesota, 1861
  • William J. Hamblin, professor of history at Brigham Young University
  • T J Hamblin (b. 1943), Professor of Immunohaematology at the University of Southampton
  • Joseph Eldridge Hamblin (1828-1870), American general during the Civil War

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The Hamblin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hamblin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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