Hames History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Hames surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Cumberland, where their name is derived from Hames Hall.

Early Origins of the Hames family

The surname Hames was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Hames family

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Hames Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hames include Hames, Haymes and others.

Early Notables of the Hames family (pre 1700)

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United States Hames migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hames Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Hames, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Hames, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • Tho Hames, aged 19, who arrived in Barbados in 1634 [1]
  • Richard and Thomas Hames, who settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Clement Hames, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hames Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Hames, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [1]
  • J Hames, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Michael Hames, who landed in Iowa in 1883 [1]

Australia Hames migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hames Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Hames, British Brass worker who was convicted in Warwick, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hames (post 1700) +

  • Mat Hames (b. 1971), American independent filmmaker
  • Robert "Bob" Earl Hames (1920-1998), American jazz guitarist, rated one of the top ten guitarist in the US by Down Beat magazine
  • H. T. Hames, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1936 [3]
  • Greg Hames (b. 1980), English cricketer
  • Ashley Martyn Hames (b. 1970), English television presenter, director and writer
  • Mr. John Hames, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1507 to 1508
  • Dr Kim Desmond Hames MBBS JP MLA (b. 1953), Western Australian politician, Minister for Health; Tourism (2010-)
  • Jagan Hames (b. 1975), Australian gold medalist decathlete at the 1998 Commonwealth Games
  • Dr. J Danelle Hames, of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute
  • Michael Hames, Canadian landscape artist and sculptor


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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