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The ancestry of the name Hamstead dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Suffolk. The surname Hamstead belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Hamstead Early Origins



The surname Hamstead was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Hamstead Spelling Variations


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Hamstead Spelling Variations



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 Hamstead have been found, including Hemstead, Hampstead, Hempstead, Hemsted and others.

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Hamstead Early History


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Hamstead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hamstead research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1350 are included under the topic Early Hamstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hamstead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hamstead Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hamstead 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



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 Hamstead, or a variant listed above: Robert Hempstead who settled in New London Conn. in 1630; John Hempstead arrived in New England in 1777; Richard Hemstead settled in Virginia in 1652..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hamstead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hamstead (post 1700)



  • Richard E. Hamstead, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1960
  • Ezra Elbert Hamstead (1897-1980), American Republican politician, Chair of Monongalia County Republican Party, 1946-52; Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    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. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Hamstead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hamstead 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 11 December 2015 at 13:54.

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