The name Hanham reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hanham family lived in Hanham, Gloucestershire
. Ancient records reveal the name Hanham is derived from the Old English roots han,
which means rock,
which means village or settlement.
Early Origins of the Hanham family
The surname Hanham 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 Hanham family
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Hanham Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hanham include Hanham, Hannam, Haname, Hannan, Hannem, Hanhams, Hannams, Hanam, Hanams, Hannum and many more.
Early Notables of the Hanham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hanham family to Ireland
Some of the Hanham 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 Hanham family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Hanhams to arrive on North American shores:
Hanham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Hanham who settled in Virginia in 1608
Hanham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Hanham, who settled in Virginia in 1773
- Thomas Hanham, aged 21, who landed in Virginia in 1773 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Hanham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Hanham, who settled in Hants Harbour in 1829
- John Hanham, who settled in Leading Tickles, Newfoundland in 1845 CITATION[CLOSE]
Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
Contemporary Notables of the name Hanham (post 1700)
- Nellie Hanham, British television actress
- Joan Brownlow Hanham (b. 1939), Baroness Hanham CBE is a Conservative member of the British House of Lords