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Where did the English Hammock family come from? What is the English Hammock family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hammock family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hammock family history?


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hammock family name include Hammock, Hammick, Ammock, Ammick and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammock research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1777, 1867, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Hammock History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hammock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hammock surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hammock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Hammock, who was a convict deported to America in 1771

Hammock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Hammock, who arrived at the port of New York in 1822
  • J. Hammock, who was a ship passenger arriving in San Francisco in 1852


  • Christina Marie Hammock (b. 1978), American NASA astronaut candidate of the class of 2013
  • Charles Paul Hammock (1973-2014), American politician, former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1973-1976)
  • Robert Wade "Robbie" Hammock (b. 1977), American retired Major League Baseball catcher who played from 2003 to 2011
  • Lee Hammock, American professional writer and game designer
  • Cicero C Hammock (1823-1890), American military officer and politician, two-time mayor of Atlanta


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.


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The Hammock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hammock 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 16 August 2015 at 21:07.

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