Hannum is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hannum family lived in Hanham, Gloucestershire
. Ancient records reveal the name Hannum is derived from the Old English roots han,
which means rock,
which means village or settlement.
Early Origins of the Hannum family
The surname Hannum 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 Hannum family
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Hannum Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Hanham, Hannam, Haname, Hannan, Hannem, Hanhams, Hannams, Hanam, Hanams, Hannum and many more.
Early Notables of the Hannum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hannum family to Ireland
Some of the Hannum family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 50 words (4 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 Hannum family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hannum or a variant listed above:
Hannum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Hannum, who arrived in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1653 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Hannum (post 1700)
- Col. John Hannum III (1744-1799), American politician, businessman and colonial militiaman in Chester County, Pennsylvania, his home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980
- Brigadier-General Warren Thomas Hannum (1880-1956), American Division Engineer, Salt Lake City Division (1943-1944) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Warren Hannum. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hannum/Warren_Thomas/USA.html
- Nathan B. Hannum (1851-1920), American politician, North Dakota State Auditor (1897 to 1898)
- John Berne Hannum (1915-2007), United States federal judge
- Alexander Murray "Alex" Hannum (1923-2002), American professional NBA basketball player and Hall-of-Fame coach