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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamlin research. Another 183 words (13 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.

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Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hamlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Hamlin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 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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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 came to Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1639
  • James Hamlin, who landed in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Margarett Hamlin, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Phillipp Hamlin, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • James, Joyce, Margaret, Phillip, Hamlin, who all settled in Virginia in 1653
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Hamlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Hamlin, who arrived in New York in 1840
  • James M Hamlin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Patrick and Thomas Hamlin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852
  • James S Hamlin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Thomas Hamlin, who landed in Colorado in 1884
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Hamlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Hamlin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • Jane Hamlin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • G. Hamlin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • Mary Hamlin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Andromache" in 1850

Hamlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ebenezer Hamlin landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Hamlin landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Fredk Hamlin landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Hamlin landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Job Hamlin landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
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  • William Hamlin (1772-1869), early American engraver, the first engraver for the state of Rhode Island
  • Ellen Vesta Emery Hamlin (1835-1925), American wife of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, Second Lady of the United States (1861-1865)
  • Emmons Hamlin, American mechanic and inventor, co-founder of Mason & Hamlin, a piano manufacturer based in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1854
  • Kevin Hamlin (b. 1979), American NASCAR racecar driver
  • Shelley Lee Hamlin (b. 1949), American LPGA professional golfer who won three times on the LPGA Tour, inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 1971
  • Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin A.M., L.H.D. (1855-1926), American architect
  • Cyrus Hamlin (1811-1900), American Congregational missionary and educator
  • James Dennis Alan "Denny" Hamlin Jr. (b. 1980), American NASCAR race car driver
  • Erin Mullady Hamlin (b. 1986), American three-time Olympian luger
  • Vincent Trout "V.T." Hamlin (1900-1993), American creator of the comic strip Alley Oop
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  • 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.
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    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    3. 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.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Hamlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hamlin 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.

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