The history of the Hampdan family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the village of Hampton in the dioceses of Worcester, Hereford, London, Exeter
, and Lichford.
Early Origins of the Hampdan family
The surname Hampdan was 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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.
Early History of the Hampdan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hampdan research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1221, 1327, 1552, 1625, 1613 and are included under the topic Early Hampdan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hampdan Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hampdan include Hampton, Hamptonne and others.
Early Notables of the Hampdan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hampdan family to Ireland
Some of the Hampdan 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hampdan family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hampdan or a variant listed above: Joanne Hampton who settled in Virginia in 1621; with her husband William; Anne Hampton settled in Barbados in 1697; John Hampton settled in Virginia in 1634. In Newfoundland, Robert Hampton was a grand juror of St. John's in 1811.