Show ContentsHammon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hammon is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

"The name appears in Normandy during the following century as a surname, for Geoffrey, Ranulph, Waleran, Richard, and Stephen Hamon or Hammon are found on the Exchequer Rolls of the Duchy in 1180-98; and, as Hammond, became common in England. The last Abbot of Battle was a Hammond." [1]

Early Origins of the Hammon family

The surname Hammon was first found in Kent. The Roll of Battle Abbey reveals that two brothers, sons or grandsons of Hamon Dentatus accompanied the Conqueror in his Conquest. The first was Robert Fitz-Hamon, the renowned Conqueror of Glamorganshire and the second was Haimon, named in the Domesday Book as "Dapifer," for having received the office of Lord Steward for the King. The latter died issueless while the former had four daughters, three of which had conventual lives. [2]

The remaining daughter named Mabel married Robert Fitzroy, Earl of Gloucester. Hamon Dentatus had two other sons: Richard of Granville; and Creuquer who inherited the Barony of Chatham from Robert Fitz-Hamon and many of the Kentish estates of Hamon Dapifer. [2]

These estates were passed down to Haimon de Crévequer (died 1208) who had one son Robert Haimon. The latter joined the confederacy of Barons against Henry III., and as a consequence lost all his estates.

Later, West-Acre in Norfolk was home to a branch of the family. "It is the property of A. Hamond, Esq., whose seat here, High House, is a handsome mansion in the Italian style, finely situated in a well-wooded park. The church is partly in the early and partly in the later English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains the mausoleum of the Hamond family, and many beautiful monuments to several of its members." [3]

Early History of the Hammon family

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Hammon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hammon have been found, including Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.

Early Notables of the Hammon family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Matthew Hammond (died 1579) Unitarian ploughwright from Hetherset, Norfolk, who was executed for his beliefs; Thomas Hammond (c. 1600-1658), an officer in the New Model Army and a regicide; Henry Hammond (1605-1660), an English churchman; Thomas Hammond (1630-1681), an English-born merchant and landowner who settled in Norway, father of Sara Hammond...
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Hammon Ranking

In the United States, the name Hammon is the 7,276th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Hammon family to Ireland

Some of the Hammon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hammon migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Hammon, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Hammon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mathew Hammon, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Martin Hammon, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [5]
  • Mark Hammon, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [5]
  • John Hammon, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [5]
  • Edward Hammon, who landed in Maryland in 1677 [5]
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Hammon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Hammon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730 [5]
  • Frederick Hammon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [5]
  • Elizabeth Hammon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1794 [5]
Hammon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F A Hammon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • James William Hammon, who landed in America in 1884 [5]
  • Mr. Alfred Hammon, (b. 1864), aged 22, Cornish labourer departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Aurania" arriving in Chicago, USA on 12 April 1886 [6]

Canada Hammon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hammon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Hammon U.E., "Hannah" who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [7]
  • Mr. Zebedee Hammon U.E., "Hammond" who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [7]

Australia Hammon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hammon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • J. Hammon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [8]

New Zealand Hammon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hammon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Hammon, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hammon (post 1700) +

  • Suzanne Hammon, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1976 [10]
  • Peggy Toomey Hammon, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2004 [10]
  • Orvan Hammon (1913-1970), American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Webster County, 1955-58 [10]
  • Micky Hammon, American politician, Member of the Alabama House of Representatives (2002-)
  • William McDowall Hammon (1904-1989), American physician and researcher, best known for his work on poliomyelitis, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Jennifer Hammon (b. 1973), American Soap Opera Digest Award nominated actress, best known for her role in General Hospital
  • Stratton Owen Hammon (1904-1997), American architect known for his Colonial Revival style homes in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Rebecca Lynn "Becky" Hammon (b. 1977), American WNBA professional basketball player
  • Jupiter Hammon (1711-1806), the first African-American published writer in America in 1760
  • John Douglas Campbell "Bill" Hammon (1914-2004), Australian rugby union player for Australia

The Hammon 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: Per tot discrimina verun
Motto Translation: Through so many dangers

Suggested Readings for the name Hammon +

  • Can You Find Me: A Family History by Christopher Fry.
  • Lakes & Palmettes & Pines; the William B.B. and John W. Hammond Families of Orange and Lake Counties, Florida by Frankie A. Hammond.

  1. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from
  7. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from
  9. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th December 2018). Retrieved from
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook