Last name: Hamer

Recorded as Hamer, Hammer, Hamor, and Hammor, this is a pre-medieval English surname. It has two possible origins. The first is locational from the village of Hamer, near Rochdale, in the county of Lancashire. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th century word "hamor" meaning a rock or crag. Most name holders in the north of the country are from this origin. The second source is early German, Flemish or Dutch, being a metonymic occupational name for a maker of hammers, or perhaps a user of a hammer, and deriving from the word "hamar" meaning stone. This is clearly an example of a transferred meaning, as hammers have generally been made of metals since at least Roman times. Early examples of the surname recording taken from surviving rolls and registers include: John le Hammer in the pipe rolls of the county of Sussex in the year 1332, whilst John de Heymer is recorded in "Baines History of Lancashire" in 1461. Katerina Hamer married Thomas Anderson, at St. Andrew's Enfield, in the county of Middlesex, on July 22nd 1560, and Ralph, the son of Ralph Hamer, was christened at St. Nicholas Acons, in the city of London, on February 16th 1589. Edward and James Hamer, who were Irish famine emigrants, sailed from Liverpool to New York aboard the ship "Windsor-Castle" on June 9th 1847. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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I´m a Hamer in Germany. Born in Burnley, Lancashire, England. My Father´s name was James and he had a brother named Thomas. Burnley is also not far from Rochdale. We were six children, three of which have sadly passed. My father had a cousin named Sam Hamer also from Burnley, and my Uncle Thomas had two children also.

Iori Hamer
My Hamer line comes from Llandinam in Montgomeryshire and would welcome any contact with other Hamer families as I am doing a one-name study with the Guild of One-Name Studies. I am also awaiting the results of a DNA test. As there are 2 distinct clusters of the name, I am interested to see if there is any link between the Lancashire Hamers and the Welsh Hamers, or whether in fact the name has come about in 2 different ways.

Ronald Hamer
Lori, Arthur my Grandfather came from Wales, gassed in World War 1 and sent to recuperate inLiverpool he met my Grandmother and set off another branch of Hamer in what was then part of Lancashire. Have had trouble tracing his background, may have been Pontypridd or Caldecott. He had a brother named Jack who lived in Pontyr . Be good to know more, Good Luck !!


I am looking for the children of Ian Hamer - musician/trumpeter. According to Wikipedia he originated from Liverpool in 1932. He sadly died in 2006 in Surrey. He had 3 children. Andrew and Tessa and Mary Ann. If anyone knows there whereabouts can they call me on 0151 734 0220 Thanks Michelle

carson hamer

im, 13 years old and my dad is Allen hamer or Pete is his nick name Betty hamer is my grama ,

carson hamer

i live in P.A.

Roshen Michael Hamer
I'm looking for Hamer Families. I live in Sri Lanka.

Roshen Michael Hamer
I'm looking for Hamer Families. I live in Sri Lanka.

alan hamer
I am looking for relatives of james hamerborn about 1875.married to maude think sedden. with brother named jack. maybe leigh area.

Duane Hamer
Would like to know if there is more hamer's in South Africa and where in south africa

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