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The name Hannam reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Hannam family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hannam family lived in Hanham, Gloucestershire. Ancient records reveal the name Hannam is derived from the Old English roots han, which means rock, and ham, which means village or settlement.

Hannam Early Origins



The surname Hannam 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.

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Hannam Spelling Variations


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Hannam Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hannam family name include Hanham, Hannam, Haname, Hannan, Hannem, Hanhams, Hannams, Hanam, Hanams, Hannum and many more.

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Hannam Early History


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Hannam Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hannam research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1559, 1547, 1554 and are included under the topic Early Hannam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hannam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hannam Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hannam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hannam In Ireland


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Hannam In Ireland



Some of the Hannam 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Hannam family to immigrate North America:

Hannam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Hannam, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • John Hannam, aged 20, arrived in Maryland in 1683

Hannam Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hannam landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Mary Hannam, aged 28, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • William Hannam, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Sarah Hannam, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Leon Hannam, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hannam (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hannam (post 1700)



  • Ryan Hannam (b. 1980), American former NFL football tight end who played from 2002 to 2006
  • Herbert Henry Hannam (1898-1963), Canadian farm leader, editor and educator, general secretary of the United Farmers of Ontario from 1933 to 1942
  • John Wort Hannam, Jersey-born, Canadian folk musician
  • Herbert Hannam (b. 1983), British policeman within the Metropolitan Police Service, bets known for having solved the infamous Teddington Towpath Murders in 1953
  • Walter Hannam (1885-1965), Australian wireless operator and mechanic on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1910-1911), awarded the Polar Medal for his work on the expedition, eponym of the Hannam Islands, Antarctica
  • Ken Hannam (1929-2004), Australian film and television director, active in the 1970s
  • Sir John Gordon Hannam (b. 1929), British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Exeter (1970-1997)
  • Edith Margaret Hannam (1878-1951), née Boucher, British two-time gold medalist tennis player at the 1912 Summer Olympics

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Hannam Historic Events


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Hannam Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. George Hannam (d. 1912), aged 29, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    11. ...

    The Hannam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hannam 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 27 November 2016 at 21:25.

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