Hanhams History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hanhams is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hanhams family lived in Hanham, Gloucestershire, a hamlet, in the parish of Bitton, union of Keynsham, Upper division of the hundred of Langley and Swinehead. 
The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first recorded as Hunun. 
Ancient records reveal the name Hanhams is derived from the Old English roots han, which means rock, and ham, which means village or settlement, collectively meaning "place at the rocks." 
However, another source notes a different meaning: "at the High Enclosure [Old English heán, dat. of heáh, high; ham(m, enclosure, piece of land] Hanham is on high ground." 
Early Origins of the Hanhams family
The surname Hanhams was first found in Gloucestershire. 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. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include Thomas de Hanam, Somerset.  Again in Somerset, Roger de Hanam was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) 
The Subsidy Rolls of Somerset included Rober de Hanam in 1327 and much later, John Hanham was listed in the Feet of Fines for Warwickshire in 1437-1438. 
Early History of the Hanhams family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanhams research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1589, 1594, 1795, 1559, 1547, 1554, 1656, 1654, 1656 and are included under the topic Early Hanhams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hanhams Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Hanhams has been recorded under many different variations, including Hanham, Hannam, Haname, Hannan, Hannem, Hanhams, Hannams, Hanam, Hanams, Hannum and many more.
Early Notables of the Hanhams family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Hannam or Hammond (died 1559), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Poole in 1547 and Melcombe Regis in November 1554.
Richard Hannam (d. 1656), was a robber and son of a shoemaker of Shaftesbury, Dorsetshire. "He was apprenticed to a silk weaver in London, but left to become a tapster, and finally joined a gang of thieves. He engaged in burglary unaccompanied by violence, and speedily gained great notoriety. Early in his career he was apprehended for a robbery of plate from the Earl of Pembroke, but escaped and left the country...
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Migration of the Hanhams family to Ireland
Some of the Hanhams family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hanhams family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Hanhamss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Thomas Hanham who settled in Virginia in 1608; twelve years before the "Mayflower"; another Thomas settled in Virginia in 1773; John Hanam arrived in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850. In Newfoundland, James Hanham settled in Hants Harbour in 1829.
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