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The name Hammerschmidt comes from the German region of Westphalia. The tradition of adopting hereditary surnames came to Germany after the 12th century, and the names of places where people lived were a primary source. Many local names carry the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," which was originally an indicator of land ownership, and is sometimes a mark of nobility. The Hammerschmidt family originally lived in one of the numerous places in Germany named Ham or Hamm. Hammerschmidt is also a Jewish surname particularly associated with the town of Hammerstein, in what was formerly East Prussia, which once had a large Jewish population. Hammerschmidt is a topographic surname, a type of local surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The toponym Hammerschmidt is composed of the Old German word hamar, which means rock or crag and stein which means stone.

Hammerschmidt Early Origins



The surname Hammerschmidt was first found in Westphalia, where the name Hammerstein emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

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Hammerschmidt Spelling Variations


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Hammerschmidt 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 Hammerschmidt include Hammerstein, Hamerstein, Hahmmerstein, Hahmerstein, Haammerstein, Haamerstein, Haemmerstein, Haemerstein, Haehmmerstein, Haehmerstein and many more.

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Hammerschmidt Early History


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Hammerschmidt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammerschmidt research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1846 is included under the topic Early Hammerschmidt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hammerschmidt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hammerschmidt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hammerschmidt 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



For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlanti c. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Hammerschmidt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Aug Julius Hammerschmidt, who arrived in Peru in 1845
  • Jacob Hammerschmidt, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1875
  • Leonard Hammerschmidt, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammerschmidt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammerschmidt (post 1700)



  • John Paul Hammerschmidt (1922-2015), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas (1967-1993)
  • Richard C. Hammerschmidt, American politician, Mayor of Marquette, Michigan, 1956
  • John Paul Hammerschmidt (b. 1922), American Republican politician, Arkansas Republican State Chair, 1964-66; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 3rd District, 1967-93
  • Frank Hammerschmidt, contemporary clarinet manufacturer located in Burgau, Germany
  • Karl Eduard Hammerschmidt (1800-1874), known as Abdullah Bey, an Austrian mineralogist, entomologist, and physician
  • Hildegard Hammerschmidt -Hummel (b. 1944), German Professor of English, literary critic
  • Karl Eduard Hammerschmidt (1800-1874), Austrian mineralogist, entomologist and physician

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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: Spectemur agendo
Motto Translation: Let us be judged by our actions.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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    The Hammerschmidt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammerschmidt 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 09:18.

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