The origins of the Hamertone name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Hamerton or Hammerton. Hamerton is found in Cambridgeshire
, and Hammerton, Green Hammerton, and Kirk Hammerton are in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The place-names are of the same derivation, though. They are derived from the Old English words hamer,
which meant hammer, and tun,
which meant farm. The place-name as a whole indicated a "farm where there is a smithy." Green Hammerton indicated the presence of a village green in that place; a place where the village would gather for social events. Kirk Hammerton indicated the presence of a church; kirkja
is an Old Scandinavian word for church.
Early Origins of the Hamertone family
The surname Hamertone was first found in Yorkshire
where the family is "one of the most ancient families in the North of England
, descended from Richard de Hameron, who lived in the twenty-sixth of Henry II., anno 1170." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
During the reign of Edward III, the family acquired Hellifield in Yorkshire
where they still reside today. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"A chantry was founded [in the parish of Slaidburn in the West Riding of Yorkshire] in 1332, by Stephen de Hamerton, in the chapel of St. Mary then existing on his manor of Hamerton, for a secular chaplain to celebrate mass for the repose of the souls of himself, his father, and his mother." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hamertone family
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Hamertone 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 Hamertone were recorded, including Hamerton, Hammerton and others.
Early Notables of the Hamertone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hamertone family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hamertone family emigrate to North America: James, George, Helen, John, Mary, and William Hamerton all arrived in Philadelphia in 1820.
The Hamertone Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fixus adversa sperno
Motto Translation: I firmly despise adversity.