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The ancestral home of the Hammar family is in Austria, where the surname first emerged almost a millennium ago. The name Hammar is a contraction of the German "Hammerschmied," meaning "blacksmith," and was most likely first borne by someone who held this occupation. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the place name "Hammel;" in this instance, the name would refer to someone hailing from the town of Hammel.

Hammar Early Origins



The surname Hammar was first found in southern Germany and Austria, where the family became noted for its many branches throughout these regions. The first individual bearers of this name to be mentioned in ancient chronicles were "meister Hemer der smed (smith)" of Breslau, Silesia, in 1356, Hensl Hemerl of Iglau, Bohemia, in 1425, Ulrich Hamerl of Prague in 1390, and Nicolas Hamer of Worms in 1317.

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Hammar Spelling Variations


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Hammar Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Hammar include Hammer, Hammerer, Hamer, Hahmmer, Hahmer, Haammer, Haamer, Hammerer, Haemmerlein, Haemmerle, Hemmerle, Hammerl, Hamerl, Hemmerling, Hammerling, Hemerl, Hemer, Haemmer, Haemmerl and many more.

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Hammar Early History


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Hammar Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammar research. Another 334 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1791, 1820, and 1836 are included under the topic Early Hammar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hammar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hammar Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Hammar were Baron Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, who was a famous ling Uist and orientalist. He spent 50 years acquiring a vast library of the rarest and most valuable works of oriental...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hammar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hammar or a variant listed above:

Hammar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hammar, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • B H Hammar, aged 20, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1835

Hammar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Leo Hammar, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • Johan Gustav Hammar, who arrived in Alabama in 1925

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammar (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammar (post 1700)



  • Gustaf Wilhelm Hammar (1893-1954), Swedish-born American experimental physicist, known for the Hammar experiment
  • Karl Hammar, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Delta County, 1940
  • Harry E. Hammar, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1916
  • Conrad Hammar, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1964
  • Ziri Hammar (b. 1992), Algerian footballer
  • Johan Hammar (b. 1994), Swedish professional footballer

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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 labores ad honores
Motto Translation: By work and honour.


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    9. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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    The Hammar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammar 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.

    This page was last modified on 26 January 2016 at 09:13.

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