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Multiple Origins for the Surname Hammer


German


The ancestral home of the Hammer family is in Austria, where the surname first emerged almost a millennium ago. The name Hammer 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.

Hammer Early Origins



The surname Hammer 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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Hammer Spelling Variations


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Hammer Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Hammer 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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Hammer Early History


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Hammer Early History



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

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Hammer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hammer Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Hammer 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 Hammer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Hammer were

Hammer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Pedro Hammer, who landed in Maryland in 1666

Hammer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrich Hammer, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Susan Hammer who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Rinehart Hammer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1729
  • Rinehart Hammer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Susan Hammer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hammer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christina Hammer, aged 12, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Godfry Hammer, aged 8, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Godlieb Hammer, aged 10, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • John Gotlieb Hammer, who arrived in Maryland in 1833
  • John Frederick Hammer, aged 25, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hammer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Leo Hammer, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

Hammer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Johann Julius Hammer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1753
  • Thomas Christian Hammer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1753

Hammer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Hammer, aged 28, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Emma Hammer, aged 24, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • James Hammer, aged 5, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Jane Hammer, aged 6 weeks, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammer (post 1700)



  • Jack Hammer (1925-2016), stage name of Earl Solomon Burroughs, an American pianist, singer and songwriter, co-writer of "Great Balls of Fire"
  • Edwin W. Hammer, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Illinois State Senate 31st District, 1938
  • Edward J. Hammer, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 24th District, 1980
  • E. D. Hammer (b. 1829), American Republican politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 14th District, 1869; Member of Minnesota State Senate 2nd District, 1891-94
  • Charles A. Hammer Sr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1936
  • Carrie Hammer, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 123rd District, 1998
  • Carl Hammer, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 9th District, 1931-32
  • Ernest E. L. Hammer, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 35th District, 1913; Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1926-53
  • Frank Hammer, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 17th District, 1891-92
  • Fred M. Hammer, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 3rd District, 1937, 1941-42; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Hammer Historic Events


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Hammer Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Emma Hammer (b. 2014), Finnish Third Class Passenger from Helsingfors,, Finland who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Suggested Readings for the name Hammer


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Suggested Readings for the name Hammer



  • The Hammer Story: Ancestors and Descendants of Anton Hammer by Zada Hunter.
  • John Hicks Hamer (also Hammer) 1765-1842: His Antecedents, Descendants and Collateral Families, 1744-1949: a Compilation by Florie Janie Hammer Hooker.

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Motto


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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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Hammer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    9. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Hammer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammer 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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