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Hammersmith is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Hammersley, in the county of Staffordshire. The surname Hammersmith 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.

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The surname Hammersmith was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hammersmith family name include Hammersley, Hammersly and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammersmith research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1687 is included under the topic Early Hammersmith History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hammersmith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hammersmith surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hammersmith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Philip Hammersmith, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Hammersmith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Martin Hammersmith, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1865

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  • Thomas Hammersmith, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 1st District, 1910
  • Donalda Ann Hammersmith, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 5th District, 1990, 1992


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The Hammersmith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammersmith 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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