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The ancestry of the name Hammersley dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Hammersley, in the county of Staffordshire. The surname Hammersley was originally derived from the Old English word hamm, which means flat, low-lying land and the Old English word ley, which refers to a wood clearing or grove.

Hammersley Early Origins



The surname Hammersley was first found in Staffordshire at Hammersley, "a locality probably to be found in Staffordshire." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
We can find no record of this village today, but there is no doubt some or all of the family came from Staffordshire. By example, the Register of the University of Oxford list Walter Hamersley, in 1610 and William Hamersly in 1617 as both being from Staffordshire [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Evidence of the family was also found at Kencott in Oxfordshire. It was here that "the family of Hammersley: the tithes were commuted for land and a money payment in 1767." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Hammersley Spelling Variations


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Hammersley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hammersley have been found, including Hammersley, Hammersly and others.

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Hammersley Early History


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Hammersley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammersley research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1687 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Hammersley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hammersley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hammersley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hammersley, or a variant listed above:

Hammersley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Hammersley settled in Virginia in 1732

Hammersley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Hammersley and George arrived in Philadelphia in 1846
  • T. W. Hammersley arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • W. B. Hammersley, aged 28, who landed in America from Oldham, in 1893

Hammersley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Guy Hammersley, aged 32, who settled in America from London, in 1903
  • George Edward Hammersley, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1912
  • Violet Hammersley, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1912
  • Herbert Hammersley, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Lougton, England, in 1913
  • Martin Maynard Hammersley, aged 28, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hammersley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Robert D. Hammersley, aged 27, who emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1919

Hammersley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Hammersley, aged 46, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammersley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammersley (post 1700)



  • George W. Hammersley, American midshipmen on the Wilkes Expedition of 1838-1842, eponym of Hammersley Inlet, Puget Sound, Washington
  • Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009), American abstract painter, recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (1973) and National Endowment for the Arts (1975 and 1977)
  • Charles E. Hammersley (d. 1957), American politician
  • Charles E. Hammersley (1881-1957), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1930; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1932, 1936, 1940
  • William Hammersley (1826-1886), English-born, Australian sports journalist for Bell's Life in Victoria and later The Australasian
  • Samuel Schofield Hammersley (1892-1965), Conservative Party politician in England
  • Rodolfo Hammersley (b. 1889), Chilean Olympic track and field athlete
  • John Hammersley (1920-2004), British mathematician, creator of the Hammersley set
  • Gordon Hammersley (d. 1980), British actor best known for his role in the film Chariots of Fire (1981)
  • Ben Hammersley (b. 1976), British journalist, and broadcaster

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Hammersley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammersley 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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