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From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Hamill 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 Hamill is a nickname type of surname Anglicized from the Gaelic name O'hAdhmaill, which means active.

Hamill Early Origins



The surname Hamill 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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Hamill Spelling Variations


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Hamill Spelling Variations



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

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Hamill Early History


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Hamill Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamill 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 Hamill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hamill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hamill Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Hamill In Ireland


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Hamill In Ireland



Some of the Hamill 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:

Hamill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Hamill, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Alexander Hamill settled in Pennsylvania in 1773

Hamill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Hamill, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Francis Hamill settled in Georgia in 1820
  • Roderick Hamill, aged 28, arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1825
  • Samuel Hamill, aged 30, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Patrick Hamill, who arrived in New York in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hamill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Hamill, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • James Hamill, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland

Hamill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Hamill, aged 39, a baker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Jane Hamill, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • John Hamill, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • James Hamill, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Eliza Hamill, aged 4, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hamill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hamill (post 1700)



  • Patrick Hamill (1817-1895), American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1843-44; State Court Judge in Maryland, 1854-69; U.S. Representative from Maryland 4th District, 1869-71
  • John F. Hamill, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 36th District, 1922
  • John Hamill, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 8th District, 1873-75
  • James Alphonsus Hamill (1877-1941), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1902-05; U.S. Representative from New Jersey, 1907-21
  • Gilmore S. Hamill, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1884, 1908, 1912
  • Fred B. Hamill, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908
  • Eugene G. Hamill, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Charles Humphrey Hamill (b. 1868), American Republican politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 29th District, 1920-22
  • Peter J. Hamill (1886-1930), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1916-30
  • Robert E. Hamill, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Hamill Historic Events


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Hamill Historic Events




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Hamill Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Hamill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hamill 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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