Hamlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hamlin was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hamlin 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 Hamlin family

The surname Hamlin 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 Hamlin family

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

Hamlin Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hamelin, Hamelyn, Hamelen, Hamelyng, Hamelyne and others.

Early Notables of the Hamlin family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hamlin family to Ireland

Some of the Hamlin 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.


United States Hamlin migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hamlin or a variant listed above:

Hamlin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Hamlin, who settled in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1639
  • James Hamlin, who landed in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1639 [1]
  • Margarett Hamlin, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • Phillipp Hamlin, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • James, Joyce, Margaret, Phillip, Hamlin, who all, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hamlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Hamlin, who arrived in New York in 1840 [1]
  • James M Hamlin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Patrick and Thomas Hamlin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852
  • James S Hamlin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [1]
  • Thomas Hamlin, who landed in Colorado in 1884 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hamlin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hamlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Hamlin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [2]
  • Jane Hamlin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [2]
  • G. Hamlin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [3]
  • Mary Hamlin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Andromache" in 1850 [4]

New Zealand Hamlin 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:

Hamlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ebenezer Hamlin, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Hamlin, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Fredk Hamlin, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Hamlin, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Job Hamlin, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hamlin (post 1700) +

  • Willard W. Hamlin, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 20th District, 1923-26 [5]
  • Walcott Hamlin, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1892; Prohibition Candidate for Massachusetts State Attorney General, 1898 [5]
  • Thurman Jerome Hamlin, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1974, 1978, 1986; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 5th District, 1976, 1980 [5]
  • W. Seward Hamlin, American Republican politician, Chair of Schenectady County Republican Party, 1927-29; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1928, 1932 [5]
  • Thomas T. Hamlin, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 7th District, 1858-59 [5]
  • Stella Hamlin, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Louisiana, 1929 [5]
  • Simon Moulton Hamlin (1866-1939), American Democrat politician, Mayor of South Portland, Maine, 1933-34; U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1935-37; Defeated, 1936 [5]
  • Roy Hamlin (b. 1890), American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Marion County, 1933-60; Speaker of the Missouri State House of Representatives, 1950 [5]
  • Robyn Hamlin, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 1st District, 2012 [5]
  • Ray E. Hamlin, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Dummer, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Dummer, 1956 [5]
  • ... (Another 65 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Hamlin +

  • 1753 History of Hamlin Family with Genealogies of Early Settlers of the Name in America; 1639-1894, Part One by Henry Franklin Andrews, The Jacob Vernon Hamblin Family (also Hamlin): Jacob Vernon Hamblin, A Descendant of James Hamblin, Immigrant, Who Came From London, England, and Settled in Barnstable, 1639 by Vera Leib Miller.

  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANDROMACHE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Andromache.gif
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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