The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Hamlent family lived in Gloucestershire
. Their name, however, is local
reference of Old French derivation. It is stems from the Old French root hamel,
indicating that the original bearer of the name once worked at an outlying farm which was dependent upon a main village. Several areas in Normandy
are called Hamelin.
Early Origins of the Hamlent family
The surname Hamlent was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hamlent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamlent research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1275, 1105, 1129, 1202, 1533, 1539 and 1534 are included under the topic Early Hamlent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hamlent Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hamelin, Hamelyn, Hamelen, Hamelyng, Hamelyne and others.
Early Notables of the Hamlent family (pre 1700)
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hamlent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hamlent family to Ireland
Some of the Hamlent family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hamlent family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hamlent or a variant listed above: James Hamlin, who came to Barnstable, MA in 1639; James, Joyce, Margaret, Phillip, Hamlin, who all settled in Virginia in 1653; Ezekiel Hamlin, who was on record in Boston in 1655.