Hamil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Hamil family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Scotland is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Hamil is a nickname type of surname Anglicized from the Gaelic name O'hAdhmaill, which means active.

Early Origins of the Hamil family

The surname Hamil was first found in Normandy, where Robert, Ranulph, Turstan and Savaric Hamel were recorded in 1180. From Normandy they branched to England in the wake of the Conquest. Shortly after their arrival in England members of the family moved to Scotland, and throughout the following centuries branches of this family were to remain in France as well as in their new homelands.

Important Dates for the Hamil family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamil research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1143, 1194, 1206, 1214, 1379, 1418, and 1497 are included under the topic Early Hamil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hamil Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hamill, Hammill, Hamil, Hommill, Homill, Homil, Hammel, Hammell and many more.

Early Notables of the Hamil family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hamil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hamil family to Ireland

Some of the Hamil family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hamil migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hamil Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Hamil, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772
  • James Hamil settled Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772
Hamil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Hamil, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • Mary Hamil, who arrived in New York in 1845 [1]
  • Charles Hamil, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [1]
  • Henry J Hamil, who arrived in Arkansas in 1888 [1]
  • John Hamil, who landed in Arkansas in 1896 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hamil (post 1700)

  • W. E. Hamil, American politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1924; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1932 [2]
  • Mrs. Don Hamil, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1960 [2]
  • David Alexander Hamil (b. 1908), American Republican politician, Member of Colorado State House of Representatives, 1939-40, 1951-56; Speaker of the Colorado State House of Representatives, 1951-56 [2]

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Citations

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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