Hambrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hambrick first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the parish of Hanbury in the county of Oxford. [1]

Henry de Hambury (fl. 1330), was an early English judge, the a son of Geoffrey de Hambury of Hambury or Hanbury in Worcestershire. [2]

Early Origins of the Hambrick family

The surname Hambrick was first found in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest. Hambrook is a village and hamlet in the parish of Winterbourne, South Gloucestershire. Whereras, Handbrough is a parish, in the union of Witney, hundred of Wootton in the county of Oxford. Both villages have remained small through the ages. Hambrook had about 600 inhabitants and Handbrough (Hanborough) had about 1,000 inhabitants as of a census in the late 1800s. The latter villages dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Haneberge [3] and literally meant "hill of a man called Hagena or Hana" derived from the Old English personal name + beorg. Hambrook also dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Hanbroc. [3] In this case, the village literally meant "brook by the stone" from the Old English han + broc. [4]

Early History of the Hambrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hambrick research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1086, 1273, 1273 and 1330 are included under the topic Early Hambrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hambrick Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hambrick has appeared include Hambro, Hambrow, Hambury, Hamborough, Hamboro and others.

Early Notables of the Hambrick family (pre 1700)

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hambrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hambrick Ranking

In the United States, the name Hambrick is the 5,003rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Hambrick family to Ireland

Some of the Hambrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hambrick family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hambrick arrived in North America very early: Daniel Hanbury who sailed to Massachusetts in 1635; Peter Hanbury to Virginia in 1639; Peter Hambro, to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1750; Benjamin Hambury to Virginia in 1774.


Contemporary Notables of the name Hambrick (post 1700) +

  • Troy Hambrick (b. 1976), former American NFL football running back who played from 2000 to 2004
  • Mike Hambrick, American television anchor, reporter, and correspondent
  • Judd Hambrick (b. 1945), American Emmy-award winning former television newscaster and reporter
  • Darren Hambrick (b. 1975), former American NFL football linebacker who played from 1998 to 2007
  • John James Hambrick (1940-2013), American seven time Emmy Award winning broadcast news anchor, journalist, reporter and actor


The Hambrick Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Honestum utili praefero
Motto Translation: I prefer honesty to profit.


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm


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