Hampson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hampson was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name for the son of Hamon. "Sometimes Hampson (the 'p' is intrusive, as in Simpson or Thompson) is a corruption of Hamondson. Occasionally it may be direct from the nick. Hamme; v. Ham. The Manchester and South Lancashire directories conclusively prove, by the large number of Hampsons they contain, how locally popular was Hamond in the 14th and 15th centuries as a font-name. " [1]

Early Origins of the Hampson family

The surname Hampson was first found in Cumberland (Cumbria) where John Hammonson was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1332. Years later, Robert Hamsone, Hameson was listed in Yorkshire in 1354 and in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Roll of 1379. [2] Another source confirms the last entry but noted the name was listed in the more Latin form: Robertus Hameson. [1]

Early History of the Hampson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hampson research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1551, 1553, 1760, 1817, 1748, 1785, 1791 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Hampson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hampson Spelling Variations

Hampson has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Hampson have been found, including Hampson, Hampsey, Hampsy, O'Hampsey, Hamson and others.

Early Notables of the Hampson family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Hampson (1760-1817?), an English miscellaneous writer, son of John Hampson of Manchester. His parents were Methodists, and both father and...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hampson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hampson family to Ireland

Some of the Hampson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hampson migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hampsons to arrive on North American shores:

Hampson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bridgett Hampson, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [3]
  • Henry Hampson, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [3]
  • James Hampson, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [3]
Hampson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hampson, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • Henry Hampson, who sailed to New York in 1854
  • Thomas Hampson, who settled in Mississippi in 1859
  • Thomas Hampson, who landed in Mississippi in 1859 [3]
  • John Hampson moved to Philadelphia, PAin 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hampson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hampson Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
Hampson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Shakespere Hampson, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Joseph Hampson, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Ann Hampson, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • William Hampson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [8]

New Zealand Hampson 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:

Hampson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. W. Hampson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Margaret Hampson, aged 25, a cook, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Hampson (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Hampson (b. 1955), American baritone
  • Justin Hampson (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • James K. Hampson (1877-1956), American archaeologist
  • T. L. Hampson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916 [9]
  • Glenn C. Hampson, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 7th District, 1992 [9]
  • Gary Hampson, American Democrat politician, Member, Federal Communications Commission, 1934-35 [9]
  • Fred L. Hampson, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Minnesota State Treasurer, 1894 [9]
  • David F. Hampson, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 36th District, 1970 [9]
  • Walker Hampson (1889-1959), English footballer
  • Thomas "Tommy" Hampson, English football player
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Edward Stewart Hampson, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [10]


The Hampson 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: Nunc aut nunquam
Motto Translation: Now or never.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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