Hamelyne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hamelyne is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Hamelyne 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 Hamelyne family
The surname Hamelyne was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where "three of this name are entered as under-tenants: Hamelin homo Hugonis filii Baldrici in Lincolnshire; Hamelin holding of Roger de Montgomery in Sussex, and also mentioned in Devonshire; and Hamelin of Cornwall. 'Whether Hamelin of Devonshire and Hamelin of Cornwall were the same person, does not appear. In the latter county Hamelin held twenty-two manors under the Earl of Mortaine. He is supposed to have been the ancestor of the Trelawny family, and to have resided at Treloen, one of the manors described in the Survey as his property." 
Early History of the Hamelyne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamelyne research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1275, 1105, 1129, 1202, 1533, 1539 and 1534 are included under the topic Early Hamelyne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hamelyne Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hamelyne 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 Hamelyne include Hamelin, Hamelyn, Hamelen, Hamelyng, Hamelyne and others.
Early Notables of the Hamelyne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hamelyne family to Ireland
Some of the Hamelyne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hamelyne family
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 Hamelyne, or a variant listed above: James Hamlin, who came to Barnstable, MA in 1639; James, Joyce, Margaret, Phillip, Hamlin, who all settled in Virginia in 1653; Ezekiel Hamlin, who was on record in Boston in 1655.
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