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The ancestors of the bearers of the Hams family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the county of Sussex in an area that was known by the low-lying land near a stream. The surname Hams was originally derived from the Old English word Hamme, which also has patronymic origins. There is a Norman connection with this name too. There we found the name was derived from the Castle of Ham, Normandy. William du Hamm was listed in Normandy in 1180-98 and the same reference lists William and Alexander de Ham in England c.1272.



Hams Early Origins



The surname Hams was first found in Sussex where one of the first records of the name was Robert de la Hamme who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same reference also includes: John de Hamme in Wiltshire; and William de Ham in Cambridge.

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Hams Spelling Variations


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Hams 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 Hams include Ham, Hamm, Hame and others.

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Hams Early History


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Hams Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hams research. Another 451 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1296, and 1610 are included under the topic Early Hams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hams Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hams Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Hams or a variant listed above:

Hams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J B Hams, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • H Hams, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Hams Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Josiah Hams U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Hams Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Hams arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1849
  • Sarah Hams arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Mitchell" in 1849
  • Edward Hams, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. 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.
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The Hams Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hams 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 4 August 2015 at 03:19.

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