Hammaker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Hammaker family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Scotland is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Hammaker is a nickname type of surname Anglicized from the Gaelic name O'hAdhmaill, which means active.
Early Origins of the Hammaker family
The surname Hammaker was first found in Normandy, where Robert, Ranulph, Turstan and Savaric Hamel were recorded in 1180. From Normandy they branched to England in the wake of the Conquest. Shortly after their arrival in England members of the family moved to Scotland, and throughout the following centuries branches of this family were to remain in France as well as in their new homelands.
Early History of the Hammaker family
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Hammaker Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Hamill, Hammill, Hamil, Hommill, Homill, Homil, Hammel, Hammell and many more.
Early Notables of the Hammaker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hammaker family to Ireland
Some of the Hammaker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 91 words (6 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 Hammaker family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward, Henry, James, John, Owen, Thomas, William Hamill arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1860; James Hamil settled Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hammaker (post 1700) +
- Kenneth R. Hammaker, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Sacramento, California, 1950-68 
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