Hammond History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hammond originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived 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 Hammond family

The surname Hammond 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.

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 Hammond family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammond research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1209, 1647, 1579, 1600, 1658, 1605, 1660, 1630, 1681, 1672, 1716, 1621, 1654, 1665 and are included under the topic Early Hammond History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hammond Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hammond has appeared include Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.

Early Notables of the Hammond 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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Ireland Migration of the Hammond family to Ireland

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

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hammond arrived in North America very early:

Hammond Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Hammond and her husband settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with their four children
  • Daniel Hammond, who settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • Daniell Hammond, aged 12, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [4]
  • Thomas Hammond, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636 [4]
  • Benjamin Hammond, who landed in Maryland in 1650 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hammond Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Hammond, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • George Hammond, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [4]
  • Joseph Hammond, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Hammond Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Hammond, aged 27, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [4]
  • Robert Hammond, who landed in New York in 1837 [4]
  • Hugh Hammond, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [4]
  • Charles L Hammond, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • William F Hammond, aged 41, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1854 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hammond migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hammond Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ezra Hammond, who arrived in Nova Sootia in 1749
  • Ann Hammond, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Phillip Hammond, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Henry Hammond, who arrived in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia with his wife and three children in 1774
  • Henry Hammond, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
Hammond Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Hammond, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Margaret Hammond, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • James Hammond, aged 24, a carpenter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Preston" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Mrs. Martha Hammond, aged 35 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Elizabeth" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [5]
  • Miss. Martin Hammond, aged 22 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hammond migration to Australia +

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

Hammond Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hammond, English convict who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Robert Goodwin Hammond, English convict who was convicted in Norfolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Thomas Hammond, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • William Hammond, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. James Hammond, English glazier who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 24th March 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1891 [10]
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New Zealand Hammond 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:

Hammond Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Hammond, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Hammond, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Susannah Hammond, aged 21, a stay maker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Matthew Hammond, who landed in Rangitikei, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship George Fife
  • Richard Hammond, who landed in Rangitikei, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Geo Fife
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hammond (post 1700) +

  • Mike Hammond (1962-2015), American co-founder of Gateway Inc, an American computer hardware company based in Irvine, California
  • Kim Crane Hammond (1944-2017), American AFL and NFL footballer who later became a judge in Flagler County, Florida
  • Darryl Hammond (1967-2017), American arena football wide receiver / defensive back
  • James Henry Hammond (1807-1864), South Carolina Governor and Senator
  • David Hammond, American Olympic sliver medalist for swimming at the 1904 games
  • Laurens Hammond (1895-1973), American engineer and inventor of the Hammond organ, the Hammond Clock
  • Tom Hammond (b. 1944), American journalist
  • Raymond P. Hammond (b. 1964), American poet, critic and editor
  • Randall Hammond (b. 1959), American Marine Corps pilot and decorated war veteran
  • Nicholas Hammond (b. 1950), American actor best known for his role as Friedrich von Trapp in the film The Sound of Music [11]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • Mattie Hammond, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [12]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Royal Oak
  • Wilfred Leslie Hammond (1906-1939), British Petty Officer Steward with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
  • John Sidney Hammond (d. 1939), British Leading Cook with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Ogden Haggerty Hammond, American 1st Class Passenger from Bernardsville, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 20 [15]
  • Mrs. Mary Picton Hammond, American 1st Class Passenger from Bernardsville, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking by escaping in life boat 20 [15]
  • Mr. Frederick Sydney Hammond, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada going to England to join the Brisith Army, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mrs. Kathleen Saunders Hammond, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada going to England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [15]


The Hammond 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


  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. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 31)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant
  11. ^ Nicholas Hammond. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Nicholas Hammond. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Hammond
  12. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  13. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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