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

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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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.

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 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.

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

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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.

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

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Hampel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hampel 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.

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