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Multiple Origins for the Surname Hammitt


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Early Origins of the Hammitt family


The surname Hammitt was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Waltham held by a steward of the King who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Early History of the Hammitt family

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Early History of the Hammitt family


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Hammitt Spelling Variations

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Hammitt Spelling Variations


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hammitt family name include Hammetr, Hammett, Hamet, Hamat, Hammatt, Hammat and others.

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Early Notables of the Hammitt family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Hammitt family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hammitt family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Hammitt family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hammitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Hammitt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm
  • William Hammitt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammitt (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammitt (post 1700)


  • Matt Hammitt (b. 1979), American singer, songwriter, speaker and author, former lead vocalist for the hit band Sanctus Real
  • George W. Hammitt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1912 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Barry L. Hammitt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • B. F. Hammitt, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1879 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • A. W. Hammitt, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 10th District, 1873-75 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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