The name Hanam was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hanam family lived in Hanham, Gloucestershire
. Ancient records reveal the name Hanam is derived from the Old English roots han,
which means rock,
which means village or settlement.
Early Origins of the Hanam family
The surname Hanam was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
some say at the time of the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally, they are descended from Hunbald who held the lands of Hanham, now a suburb of Bristol, from Arnulf de Hesdin at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
survey in 1086 A.D. However, it was not until the 12th century when the first person of the name was officially recorded, that being of Peter de Hanham, Lord of the Manor of Hanham.
Early History of the Hanam family
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Hanam Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hanham, Hannam, Haname, Hannan, Hannem, Hanhams, Hannams, Hanam, Hanams, Hannum and many more.
Early Notables of the Hanam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hanam family to Ireland
Some of the Hanam family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hanam family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hanam or a variant listed above:
Hanam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Hanam, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850