Hamby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hamby family

The surname Hamby was first found in Cornwall where "Hambly is an old name of the 17th century in the parishes of St. Breward, Egloshayle, and Bodmin; in the last two localities it is still represented." [1] "Hamley and Hambly are fairly common surnames in Cornwall." [2]

"Treblethick [in the parish of St. Mabyn, Cornwall] was the seat of the Hamleys, in which family it had been for many preceding generations. But not long afterwards it became the property of Treise, from whom it passed with other estates of this family on the death of Sir Christopher Treise." [3]

The prevalence for Cornish roots is undeniable, but we will include another source's understanding of the name.

"The name, is apparently from Hamly Bridge in Chiddingly (Sussex), though the surname is now associated mainly with Devon and Cornwall. " [4]

Other early records of the family include: Henry de Hambelegh, 1296 in Subsidy Rolls (Sussex); John de Hamelee, 1305 in London Letter Books; Osbert Hameley, 1361 in Feet of Fines (Wiltshire); John Hamely, 1399 in Feet of Fines (Northants, Surrey); Agnes Hamblie, 1554 in IGI (Saint Columb, Cornwall); and Diggory Hamley, 1718 in IGI (Stoke Damerel, Devon). [4]

Early History of the Hamby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamby research. Another 26 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1717, 1760 and 1837 are included under the topic Early Hamby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hamby Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Hambley, Hambly, Hamley, Hamby and others.

Early Notables of the Hamby family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was William Hamley, born in Bodmin, Cornwall, founder of what is today known as Hamleys, one of the largest toy stores in the world. He originally founded a toy shop called "Noah's Ark"...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hamby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hamby migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Hamby were found:

Hamby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Hamby, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [5]
  • Richard Hamby, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [5]
  • William Hamby, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [5]
Hamby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jessie E. Hamby, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1895
Hamby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jens M. Hamby, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1917
  • Thomas Hamby, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • L. P. Hamby, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922
  • Rose M. Hamby, aged 50, who settled in America from Lancaster, England, in 1922
  • Arthur Hamby, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hamby migration to Australia +

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

Hamby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Hamby, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • William Hamby (aged 34), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hamby (post 1700) +

  • Jeannette Hamby (1933-2012), American politician, Member of the Oregon State Senate (1983-1999)
  • Roger Hamby (b. 1943), American retired NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver from Ferguson, North Carolina
  • Wallace Hamby, American Neurosurgeon
  • Priscilla Hamby, American illustrator and comic book artist
  • Barbara Hamby (b. 1952), American poet, fiction writer, editor, and critic
  • William G. Hamby, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 8th District, 1986 [7]
  • R. E. A. Hamby, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate 40th District, 1923-24 [7]
  • Nelia Hamby, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008 [7]
  • Charles Hamby, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2004 [7]
  • Jim Hamby (1897-1991), American Major League Baseball catcher for the New York Giants


  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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