Hammack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The rich and ancient history of the Hammack family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early Origins of the Hammack family

The surname Hammack was first found in Kent. The Roll of Battle Abbey reveals that two brothers, sons or grandsons of Hamon Dentatus accompanied the Conqueror in his Conquest. The first was Robert Fitz-Hamon, the renowned Conqueror of Glamorganshire and the second was Haimon, named in the Domesday Book as "Dapifer," for having received the office of Lord Steward for the King. The latter died issueless while the former had four daughters, three of which had conventual lives.

The remaining daughter named Mabel married Robert Fitzroy, Earl of Gloucester. Hamon Dentatus had two other sons: Richard of Granville; and Creuquer who inherited the Barony of Chatham from Robert Fitz-Hamon and many of the Kentish estates of Hamon Dapifer. [1]

These estates were passed down to Haimon de Crévequer (died 1208) who had one son Robert Haimon. The latter joined the confederacy of Barons against Henry III., and as a consequence lost all his estates.

Later, West-Acre in Norfolk was home to a branch of the family. "It is the property of A. Hamond, Esq., whose seat here, High House, is a handsome mansion in the Italian style, finely situated in a well-wooded park. The church is partly in the early and partly in the later English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains the mausoleum of the Hamond family, and many beautiful monuments to several of its members." [2]

Important Dates for the Hammack family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammack research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1209, 1647, 1579, 1600, 1658, 1605, 1660, 1630, 1681, 1672, 1716, 1621, 1654, 1665 and are included under the topic Early Hammack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hammack Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hammack have been found, including Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.

Early Notables of the Hammack family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Matthew Hammond (died 1579) Unitarian ploughwright from Hetherset, Norfolk, who was executed for his beliefs; Thomas Hammond (c. 1600-1658), an officer in the New Model Army and a regicide; Henry Hammond (1605-1660), an English churchman; Thomas Hammond (1630-1681), an English-born merchant and landowner who settled in Norway, father of Sara Hammond...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hammack Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hammack family to Ireland

Some of the Hammack family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hammack migration to the United States

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Hammack, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Hammack Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Hammack, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [3]

Hammack 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:

Hammack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick George Hammack a surgeon, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Hammack (post 1700)

  • James W. Hammack, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Arlington, Texas, 1889-93 [4]
  • J. Harley Hammack, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1940 [4]
  • Fred Hammack, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Jackson County, 1968 [4]
  • Bobby Hammack (1922-1990), American musician, known for his work on Mickey (1964), Summer Magic (1963) and Banjo the Woodpile Cat (1979)
  • Katherine Hammack, American Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment) in 2010
  • Malcolm Eugene Hammack (1933-2004), American college and professional football player

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Citations

  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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