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Hamlet Early Origins



The surname Hamlet was first found in Sussex. The name Hamlet, like many surnames, began as a personal name, in this case a variation on the more common name Hammond. The surname was derived from Haimo, a Germanic shortened form of any of several names beginning with "haim," an old German word meaning "home." The fact that the first bearer of the name chose a personal name for his surname may indicate that he was related to someone of the name or that it was the name of the lord to whom he owed allegiance, or it may have been an arbitrary choice.

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Hamlet Spelling Variations


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Hamlet 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 Hamlet, Hamlett, Hamblet, Hamblett and others.

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Hamlet Early History


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Hamlet Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamlet research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 156 and 1568 are included under the topic Early Hamlet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hamlet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hamlet Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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 Hamlet or a variant listed above:

Hamlet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Hamlet, who arrived in Boston in 1634
  • John Hamlet, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • William Hamlet, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1651

Hamlet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Noah Hamlet, who landed in Arkansas in 1884

Hamlet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Hamlet, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Hamlet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Nathaniel Hamlet, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856

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    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    11. ...

    The Hamlet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hamlet 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 5 June 2014 at 13:04.

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