Hamelin is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hamelin 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 Hamelin family
The surname Hamelin was 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.
Early History of the Hamelin family
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Hamelin Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hamelin have been found, including Hamelin, Hamelyn, Hamelen, Hamelyng, Hamelyne and others.
Early Notables of the Hamelin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hamelin family to Ireland
Some of the Hamelin family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Hamelin family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hamelin were among those contributors:
Hamelin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- T. Hamelin, aged 27, who emigrated to America, in 1895
Hamelin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Henri Hamelin, aged 32, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1907
- Blanche Hamelin, aged 24, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1911
- Pierre Hamelin, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1911
- Lorenzo Hamelin, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1917
- Andri Hamelin, aged 23, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1917
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hamelin (post 1700)
- Bob Hamelin (b. 1967), American former Major League Baseball player
- Jean-Guy Hamelin (1925-2018), Canadian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Rouyn-Noranda (1973–2001)
- Charles Hamelin (b. 1984), Canadian Olympic speed skater who won three gold and sliver at the 2006, 2010, and 2014 games
- Marc-Andre Hamelin (b. 1961), Canadian concert pianist, winner of the 2008 and the 2012 Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year
- Joseph Hamelin (1873-1947), Canadian politician from Manitoba who served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1914 to 1927
- Louis-Edmond Hamelin (b. 1923), Canadian geographer
- Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin (1768-1839), French rear admiral
- François Alphonse Hamelin (1796-1864), French admiral
- Christine Hamelin, Canadian writer
- Charles-André Hamelin (1947-1993), Canadian politician
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