Last name: Hamel
This unusual name has two possible origins, the first of which is Scottish but is ultimately of Norman origin, and is a locational surname from the place called "Haineville" or "Henneville" in Manche. The placename derives from the Germanic personal name "Hagano", which means "hawthorn" and was originally a nickname, found in Medieval England as "Hain" and "Heyne", with the Old French word "ville", meaning settlement, village. The surname as Ham(m)ill and Hom(m)ill was most commonly found in the area known as "Roughwood" in Ayshire. The second origin is from an Anglo-Saxon nickname for a scarred or marred person, from the Old English pre 7th "hamel" meaning "scarred, mutilated". On February 10th 1670, Leonard, son of Leonard and Elizabeth Hammell, were married in St. Giles Cripplegate, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Hameville, which was dated circa 1194, in the Records of Holm Cultram, during the reign of King William of Scotland, known as "The Lion", 1165 - 1214. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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The origins of Hamel posted here doesn't appear very plausible or etymologically correct other than stating that it is a name of Norman/Germanic origin. Hamel/Hamels is linked to other similar surnames or placenames (Hamelin/Hameln/Hamlin/Hamlyn/du Hamel etc). The name as it appears in the British Isles is of Norman origin, which in turn is of Frankish origin, and relates back to the root word "ham" referring to a settlement/farmstead. Originally, the name would have referred to an individual who lives near or at a farmstead or minor rural settlement.