Hamon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hamon is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes 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 Hamon family

The surname Hamon 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 Hamon family

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

Hamon Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hamon has been spelled many different ways, including Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.

Early Notables of the Hamon 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 Hamon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hamon family to Ireland

Some of the Hamon 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.


United States Hamon migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hamons to arrive in North America:

Hamon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mathew Hamon, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [4]
  • Christ Hamon, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [4]
  • Peircey Hamon, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [4]
  • Ellin Hamon, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [4]
  • Garrett Hamon, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hamon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sara Hamon, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [4]
  • Johan Willem Hamon, who landed in New York in 1709 [4]
  • Jacob Hamon, who arrived in North Carolina in 1764 [4]

New Zealand Hamon 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:

Hamon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Hamon, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avon" in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Hamon (post 1700) +

  • Jake L. Hamon, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Texas, 1956 [5]
  • Léo Hamon (1908-1993), French politician
  • Francis Rei Paul Hamon CBE (1919-2008), New Zealand landscape artist
  • François Hamon (b. 1939), French cyclist at the 1960 Summer Olympics
  • Augustin Frédéric Hamon (1862-1945), French socialist-anarchist writer and editor
  • Jean Hamon, French developer and millionaire patron of the arts
  • Jean-Louis Hamon (1821-1874), French painter
  • Chris Hamon (b. 1970), Jersey-born, retired football forward
  • Benoît Hamon (1967-2012), French politician, member of the Socialist Party, Junior Minister for the Social Economy (2012-)
  • Hugh Hamon Massie (1854-1938), Australian cricketer


The Hamon 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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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