Show ContentsHamson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hamson 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 Hamson family

The surname Hamson 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 Hamson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamson 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 Hamson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hamson Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hamson were recorded, including Hampson, Hampsey, Hampsy, O'Hampsey, Hamson and others.

Early Notables of the Hamson 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Hamson family to Ireland

Some of the Hamson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hamson migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hamson family emigrate to North America:

Hamson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mark Hamson, who arrived in Maryland in 1660 [3]
Hamson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hamson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [3]

Australia Hamson migration to Australia +

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

Hamson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hamson, British Convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. James Hamson, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hamson (post 1700) +

  • Tresa Spaulding Hamson, American two-time gold medalist basketball player
  • Jennifer Hamson, American professional basketball player, WCC Player of the Year (2014) and WCC Defensive Player of the Year (2014)
  • Gary Hamson (b. 1959), English former football midfielder who played from 1976 to 1988

The Hamson 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 13th August 2021). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook