Hamill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish Hamill surname is derived from the Gaelic "ó hAghmaill."

Early Origins of the Hamill family

The surname Hamill was first found in south Tyrone an d neighboring Oriel, where they were a branch of the Cenél Eoghain, families descended from Conall Gulban, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages. From the 12th century on, they were well known as poets and ollavs to the O'Hanlons. They were also known for their prowess in battle, Donnell O'Hammoyle was one of the adherents of Rory O'Donnell at the end of the 16th century.

Early History of the Hamill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamill research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1439, and 1659 are included under the topic Early Hamill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hamill Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Hamill family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hamill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hamill migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
Hamill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Archibald Hamill, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]
  • Francis Hamill, who settled in Georgia in 1820
  • Roderick Hamill, aged 28, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1825 [1]
  • Samuel Hamill, aged 30, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Patrick Hamill, who arrived in New York in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hamill migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hamill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Hamill, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • James Hamill, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland

New Zealand Hamill migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hamill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Hamill, aged 39, a baker, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Jane Hamill, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • John Hamill, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • James Hamill, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Eliza Hamill, aged 4, who 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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hamill (post 1700) +

  • Mark Hamill (b. 1951), American actor, voice artist, producer, director, and writer best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy and in later films [2]
  • William Peter "Pete" Hamill Jr. (b. 1935), American journalist, novelist, essayist and editor
  • Patrick Hamill (1817-1895), American judge and politician, U.S. Congressman from Maryland (1869-1871)
  • Dorothy Hamill (b. 1956), American figure skater, Olympic gold medalist and world champion in 1976
  • Peter J. Hamill (1886-1930), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1916-30 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • John F. Hamill, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 36th District, 1922 [3]
  • John Hamill, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 8th District, 1873-75 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • Gilmore S. Hamill, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1884, 1908, 1912 [3]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse


  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. ^ Mark Hamill. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Mark Hamill. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Hamill
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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