Hamerr History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Hamerr name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Hamer in the parish of Rochdale in the county of Lancashire. [1] [2]

"Hamer may have been an old Saxon forename; for there is in co. Lincoln a place called Hameringham; i. e., Home of Hamer's son.' [3]

Early Origins of the Hamerr family

The surname Hamerr was first found in Sussex where Richard Hamer was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [4] Early Lancashire records show John de Heymer, c. Edward IV and Thurston de Heymer, 1574 [5]

Early History of the Hamerr family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamerr research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1303 and 1332 are included under the topic Early Hamerr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hamerr Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hamerr were recorded, including Hammer, Hammerr, Hammers and others.

Early Notables of the Hamerr family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hamerr family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hamerr family emigrate to North America: Susan Hammer who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729; George Charles Hammer arrived in Pennsylvania in 1784; Lewis Hammer arrived in Philadelphia in 1840.



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Dixon, Bernard Homer, Surnames. London: John Wilson and son, 1857. Print
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Baines Thomas & William Fairbairn, Lancashire and Cheshire, Past and Present History of Counties London: William MacKenzie, 1867, Digital, 4 vols


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