Hamman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hamman is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early Origins of the Hamman family
The surname Hamman 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. 
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." 
Early History of the Hamman family
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Hamman Spelling Variations
Hamman has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Hamman have been found, including Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.
Early Notables of the Hamman 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...
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Migration of the Hamman family to Ireland
Some of the Hamman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Hamman migration to the United States +
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hammans to arrive on North American shores:
Hamman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Hamman, who arrived in America in 1730 
- Baltzer Hamman who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
- Balzasor Hamman, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 
- Peter Hamman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 
- Friederich Hamman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 
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Hamman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jacob Hamman, who landed in Iowa in 1882 
- Jacob Hamman who arrived in Iowa in 1882
Hamman 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:
Hamman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- S. Hamman, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zambesi" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1863 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hamman (post 1700) +
- Wellington W. Hamman, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Emmaus, Pennsylvania, 1916-22 
- Henry W. Hamman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904 
- Clinton C. Hamman, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Emmaus, Pennsylvania, 1893-97 
- Cathryn L. Hamman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1984 
- Shane Hamman (b. 1972), American Olympic weightlifter and powerlifter; three-time 1st place and gold medalist at the 1999 Pan American Games
- Phillip Hamman Sr., (1753-1832), known as "The Savior of Greenbrier", an American frontier hero who was commended for bravery in the defence of Fort Donnally of Greenbrier County, West Virginia from a Shawnee attack in 1778
- Petra Hamman (b. 1946), German-born, American award winning bridge player
- Mary Hamman (1907-1984), American writer and editor, daughter of Louis Virgil Hamman
- Louis Virgil Hamman (1877-1946), American clinician educated at John Hopkins; he identified Hamman's sign, Hamman's syndrome and Hamman-Rich syndrome
- Brother John Charles Hamman S.M. (1927-2000), American Marianist Brother and professional close-up magician
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The Hamman Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per tot discrimina verun
Motto Translation: Through so many dangers
- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html