The name Hammersten is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Hamerton or Hammerton. Hamerton is found in Cambridgeshire
, and Hammerton, Green Hammerton, and Kirk Hammerton are in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The place-names are of the same derivation, though. They are derived from the Old English words hamer,
which meant hammer, and tun,
which meant farm. The place-name as a whole indicated a "farm where there is a smithy." Green Hammerton indicated the presence of a village green in that place; a place where the village would gather for social events. Kirk Hammerton indicated the presence of a church; kirkja
is an Old Scandinavian word for church.
Early Origins of the Hammersten family
The surname Hammersten was first found in Yorkshire
where the family is "one of the most ancient families in the North of England
, descended from Richard de Hameron, who lived in the twenty-sixth of Henry II., anno 1170." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
During the reign of Edward III, the family acquired Hellifield in Yorkshire
where they still reside today. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"A chantry was founded [in the parish of Slaidburn in the West Riding of Yorkshire] in 1332, by Stephen de Hamerton, in the chapel of St. Mary then existing on his manor of Hamerton, for a secular chaplain to celebrate mass for the repose of the souls of himself, his father, and his mother." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hammersten family
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Hammersten Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hammersten are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hammersten include: Hamerton, Hammerton and others.
Early Notables of the Hammersten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hammersten family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hammersten or a variant listed above: James, George, Helen, John, Mary, and William Hamerton all arrived in Philadelphia in 1820.
The Hammersten 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: Fixus adversa sperno
Motto Translation: I firmly despise adversity.