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The ancestry of the name Hampel dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Hampton in the dioceses of Worcester, Hereford, London, Exeter, and Lichford.

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The surname Hampel 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." [1]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.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hampel have been found, including Hampton, Hamptonne and others.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Hampel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Hampel 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.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hampel, or a variant listed above:

Hampel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Gotteil Hampel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Hampel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Hampel, who landed in Mississippi in 1853
  • Margaret Hampel, aged 40, arrived in New York, NY in 1876
  • Margareth Hampel, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1876
  • May Hampel, aged 12, arrived in New York, NY in 1876
  • Oswald Hampel, aged 17, landed in New York, NY in 1876
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  • George Hampel (1885-1954), American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1931-32; Member of Wisconsin State Senate 6th District, 1937-44; Defeated, 1932, 1944
  • George Hampel (1885-1954), American politician, accountant and bookseller, Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from the Milwaukee 3rd district (1931-1932)
  • Otto Hampel (1897-1943), German protester of Hitler's government who together with Elise Lemme were eventually caught, tried, and beheaded in Berlin's Plötzensee Prison in April 1943; their story was the inspiration of the 2009 novel Every Man Dies Alone
  • Oliver Hampel (b. 1985), German retired football player
  • Olaf Hampel (b. 1965), German four-time gold medalist bobsledder in the 1990s
  • József Hampel (1849-1913), Hungarian archaeologist and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Gunter Hampel (b. 1937), German jazz vibraphonist, clarinettist, saxophonist, flautist and pianist
  • Professor George Hampel AM QC, Australian jurist, Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria from 1983 to 2000
  • Felicity Pia Hampel SC (b. 1955), Australian human rights lawyer and, since 2005, judge of the County Court of Victoria
  • Desiderius Hampel, Croatian SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS during World War II who commanded the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian) and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. 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).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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