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Hammitt Early Origins



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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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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Hammitt Early History


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Hammitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammitt research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1327 and 1786 are included under the topic Early Hammitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hammitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hammitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hammitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hammitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Hammitt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848
  • William Hammitt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hammitt (post 1700)



  • George W. Hammitt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1912
  • Barry L. Hammitt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • B. F. Hammitt, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1879
  • A. W. Hammitt, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 10th District, 1873-75

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Citations


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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)

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Hammitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammitt 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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