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Hammerstein is a local name from the German region of Westphalia. Local names came to Germany with other types of hereditary surnames after the 12th century. They were derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name lived. Sometimes local names bear the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It was an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes taken as a mark of aristocracy. The family originally lived in one of the numerous places in Germany named Ham or Hamm. Hammerstein 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. Hammerstein 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 Hammerstein is composed of the Old German word hamar, which means rock or crag and stein which means stone.

Hammerstein Early Origins



The surname Hammerstein 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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Hammerstein Spelling Variations


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

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Hammerstein Early History


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Hammerstein Early History



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

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Hammerstein Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hammerstein Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hammerstein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Hammerstein Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Hammerstein who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Jacob Hammerstein, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Hammerstein Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Hammerstein who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1857
  • Samuel Hammerstein, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1857
  • Johann Adam Hammerstein, accompanied by his wife, Margarethe Ramroth, who arrived in America in 1868
  • Joh Adam Hammerstein, who landed in America in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammerstein (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammerstein (post 1700)



  • Elaine Hammerstein (1897-1948), American actress
  • Andy Hammerstein, American artist
  • Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), American librettist, lyricist, producer and publisher. He wrote eighteen musicals which include "Showboat," "Oklahoma," "The King and I," and "The Sound of Music"
  • Oscar Hammerstein I (1847-1919), German-American theatre impresario

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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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Hammerstein Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammerstein 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 3 August 2014 at 21:00.

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