Show ContentsHamers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Hamers dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. 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 Hamers family

The surname Hamers 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 Hamers family

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Hamers Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hamers have been found, including Hammer, Hammerr, Hammers and others.

Early Notables of the Hamers family

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Hamers Ranking

In Netherlands, the name Hamers is the 422nd most popular surname with an estimated 3,928 people with that name. 6

Migration of the Hamers family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hamers, or a variant listed above: Susan Hammer who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729; George Charles Hammer arrived in Pennsylvania in 1784; Lewis Hammer arrived in Philadelphia in 1840.

Contemporary Notables of the name Hamers (post 1700) +

  • Raymond Hamers (1932-2021), Belgium professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium who discovered a special type of antibodies called single-domain antibodies

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  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
  6. "Most Common Last Names in Netherlands." Forebears, on Facebook