The name Hemerton is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Hamerton or Hammerton. Hamerton is found in Cambridgeshire
, and Hammerton, Green Hammerton, and Kirk Hammerton are in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The place-names are of the same derivation, though. They are derived from the Old English words hamer,
which meant hammer, and tun,
which meant farm. The place-name as a whole indicated a "farm where there is a smithy." Green Hammerton indicated the presence of a village green in that place; a place where the village would gather for social events. Kirk Hammerton indicated the presence of a church; kirkja
is an Old Scandinavian word for church.
Early Origins of the Hemerton family
The surname Hemerton was first found in Yorkshire
where the family is "one of the most ancient families in the North of England
, descended from Richard de Hameron, who lived in the twenty-sixth of Henry II., anno 1170." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
During the reign of Edward III, the family acquired Hellifield in Yorkshire
where they still reside today. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"A chantry was founded [in the parish of Slaidburn in the West Riding of Yorkshire] in 1332, by Stephen de Hamerton, in the chapel of St. Mary then existing on his manor of Hamerton, for a secular chaplain to celebrate mass for the repose of the souls of himself, his father, and his mother." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hemerton family
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Hemerton Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hemerton has been spelled many different ways, including Hamerton, Hammerton and others.
Early Notables of the Hemerton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hemerton family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hemertons to arrive in North America: James, George, Helen, John, Mary, and William Hamerton all arrived in Philadelphia in 1820.
The Hemerton Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fixus adversa sperno
Motto Translation: I firmly despise adversity.