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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.

Hamil Early Origins



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.

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Hamil Spelling Variations


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Hamil Spelling Variations



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

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Hamil Early History


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Hamil Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamil research. Another 342 words (24 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.

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Hamil Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hamil Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Hamil In Ireland


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Hamil In Ireland



Some of the Hamil family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hamil Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Hamil 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
  • Mary Hamil, who arrived in New York in 1845
  • Charles Hamil, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873
  • Henry J Hamil, who arrived in Arkansas in 1888
  • John Hamil, who landed in Arkansas in 1896

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hamil (post 1700)


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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
  • Mrs. Don Hamil, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1960
  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    6. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Hamil Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hamil Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 November 2015 at 10:22.

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