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

The ancestors of the Hamp surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the village of Hampton in the dioceses of Worcester, Hereford, London, Exeter, and Lichford.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hamp include Hampton, Hamptonne and others.

First found in Staffordshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Wolverhampton with manor and estates in that shire. However, the name has three distinct origins: from the Old English word ham-tun as in "home farm, homestead"; from the Old English words hamm + tun, meaning "farmstead in an enclosure or river bend"; and finally from the Old English hean + tun meaning "high farmstead." [1] The earliest place name found was Hamtona in 716 which later became Hampton Lovett which is now a village and civil parish in the Wychavon district of the county of Worcestershire. The Domesday Book listed the following place names: Hamtune, Hantone, Hamntone Hantune, Hantone and Hantun.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamp research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1221, 1327, 1552, 1625, 1613 and are included under the topic Early Hamp History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hamp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hamp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hamp Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Hamp arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838
  • Henry Hamp arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838
  • John Hamp arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838
  • Sarah Hamp arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838
  • John Chip Hamp arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Hamp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hamp 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 23 December 2013 at 09:42.

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