was O hAmhsaigh.
from early times.
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The spelling of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations
such as O'Hanson, Hanson, Hansom, O'Hamsey, Hampson, O'Hamson, O'Hampson, Hempson and many more.
The English-ruled Ireland
of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name O'Hanson: 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..