Hammontree History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Hammontree is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early Origins of the Hammontree family

The surname Hammontree 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. [1]

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." [2]

Important Dates for the Hammontree family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hammontree 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 Hammontree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hammontree Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hammontree has been recorded under many different variations, including Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.

Early Notables of the Hammontree 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...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hammontree Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hammontree family to Ireland

Some of the Hammontree family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hammontree family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hammontree or a variant listed above: Daniel Hammond settled in Bermuda in 1635; Elizabeth Hammond and her husband settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with their four children; Henry Hammond arrived in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia with his wife and three children in 1774.

Contemporary Notables of the name Hammontree (post 1700)

  • Allen Hammontree, American politician, Member of the Georgia State House of Representatives (1999-2000)
  • Mike Hammontree, American musician, member of the eight-time Grammy Award-winning Christian music band The Blackwood Brothers
  • Rick Hammontree (b. 1989), American actor, best known for his starring role in Stage Fright, an independent feature film
  • Danny Hammontree, American documentary photographer [3]
  • Angela Hammontree, American singer/songwriter [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Danny Hammontree. (Retrieved 2011, August 18) Danny Hammontree. Retrieved from http://dannyhammontree.com/
  4. ^ Angela Hammontree. (Retrieved 2011, August 18) Angela Hammontree. Retrieved from http://www.angelahammontree.com/
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