Hormel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hormel family

The surname Hormel was first found in Brittany, originally Armorica in ancient times, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Dol and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.

Early History of the Hormel family

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Hormel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hormell, Harmell, Armell, Ormell and others.

Early Notables of the Hormel family (pre 1700)

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United States Hormel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hormel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jost Hormel, who landed in America in 1709-1711 [1]
Hormel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Hormel, who landed in America in 1834 [1]
  • Johannes Hormel, who landed in America in 1834 [1]
  • John Hormel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • Timothy Hormel, aged 46, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1851 [1]
  • Peter Hormel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hormel (post 1700) +

  • James Catherwood Hormel (1933-2021), American philanthropist, LGBT activist, diplomat, and heir to the Hormel meatpacking fortune, United States Ambassador to Luxembourg from 1999 to 2001, and was the first openly gay man to represent the United States as an ambassador
  • George A Hormel (b. 1861), American founder of the "George A. Hormel & Company" firm in 1891, now known as "Hormel Foods Corporation" creator of the canned meat product "SPAM"


  1. ^ 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)


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