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The surname Hammick was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hammick 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 Hammick include: Hammock, Hammick, Ammock, Ammick and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammick research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1777, 1867, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Hammick History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hammick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Hammick or a variant listed above: Edward Hammock, who was a convict deported to America in 1771; Charles Hammock, who arrived at the port of New York in 1822; as well as J. Hammock, who was a ship passenger arriving in San Francisco in 1852..
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: Laudari a laudato
Motto Translation: Praised by those who are praised.
The Hammick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammick 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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