The Gaelic name used by the O'Hamsey family in ancient Ireland
was O hAmhsaigh.
Early Origins of the O'Hamsey family
The surname O'Hamsey was first found in Derry, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the O'Hamsey family
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O'Hamsey Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name O'Hamsey revealed spelling variations
, including O'Hanson, Hanson, Hansom, O'Hamsey, Hampson, O'Hamson, O'Hampson, Hempson and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Hamsey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Hamsey family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 18th century, Irish families
began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of O'Hamsey: Henry Hampson, who sailed to New York in 1854; John Hampson to Philadelphia in 1864; Thomas Hampson to Mississippi in 1859; Andrew Hanson to Wisconsin in 1884..