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From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Hamel family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Scotland is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Hamel is a nickname type of surname Anglicized from the Gaelic name O'hAdhmaill, which means active.

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The surname Hamel was first found in Normandy, where Robert, Ranulph, Turstan and Savaric Hamel were recorded in 1180. From Normandy they branched to England in the wake of the Conquest. Shortly after their arrival in England members of the family moved to Scotland, and throughout the following centuries branches of this family were to remain in France as well as in their new homelands.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hamill, Hammill, Hamil, Hommill, Homill, Homil, Hammel, Hammell and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamel research. Another 342 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1143, 1194, 1206, 1214, 1379, 1418, and 1497 are included under the topic Early Hamel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the Hamel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hamel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Hamel settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1764
  • Henry Jacob and Jon Hamel settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1764 and 1866
  • Christopher Hamel also settled in Charles Town in 1764

Hamel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Francois Hamel, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Jacob Hamel, aged 22, landed in Missouri in 1847
  • Juan Hamel, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1849
  • Seligmann Hamel, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • Mary Du Hamel, who arrived in Utah in 1851 with her children John, Julia, and Leah
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Hamel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Charles, François, and Jean Hamel, who arrived in Quebec in 1656 from Normandy
  • Catherine Lemaistre Hamel, who settled in Quebec in 1662

Hamel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Hamel, aged 31, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767

Hamel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • J. Hamel arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849
  • Matilda Hamel, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
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  • Robert S. Hamel, American Republican politician, Candidate for Rhode Island State House of Representatives 68th District, 2002
  • Robert F. Hamel, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1964
  • Kristen Hamel, American politician, Workers World Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 1st District, 1996
  • Kenneth A. Hamel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1956, 1960
  • Henry C. Hamel, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Cabano, 1916
  • George Hamel, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Androscoggin County (1st), 1931-32
  • Brian N. Hamel, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 2nd District, 2004
  • Barbara J. Hamel, American politician, Workers World Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1996
  • Alfred J. Hamel, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1984, 1986, 1988
  • Rock Hamel, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 13th Ward, 1938
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Hamel Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George James Hamel, English Trimmer from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • Gunderman and Wullenjohn Cousins with Hampel (also Hamel) and Noll Families by Barbara Chandler Spray.
  • Hammel-Laufer Families, 1600's to 1978 by Martha Mae Schmidt.
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    Other References

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    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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