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From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Hammel 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 Hammel is a nickname type of surname Anglicized from the Gaelic name O'hAdhmaill, which means active.

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The surname Hammel 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hamill, Hammill, Hamil, Hommill, Homill, Homil, Hammel, Hammell and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammel research. Another 342 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1143, 1194, 1206, 1214, 1379, 1418, and 1497 are included under the topic Early Hammel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hammel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Hammel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hammel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Henrich Hammel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Christian Hammel, who arrived in America in 1734
  • Merran Hammel, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Archibald Hammel, who settled in New York in 1740
  • Archibald Hammel, who landed in New York in 1740
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Hammel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Hammel, who arrived in New York in 1827
  • Catharine Hammel, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • Louis Hammel, who arrived in Allegany (Alkgheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Michael Hammel, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Martin Friedrich Hammel, aged 45, landed in America in 1846
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Hammel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Hammel U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a surgeon for the New York Volunteers 3rd Battalion [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Hammel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joshua Hammel arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
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  • Thelma Hammel, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Minnesota, 1956; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1960
  • Karen A. Hammel, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 35th District, 1978
  • A. B. Hammel, American politician, Delegate to Illinois convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Christian Joseph Hammel, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  2. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  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. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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The Hammel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammel 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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