Last name: Hamilton

This famous and distinguished surname, with a total of one hundred entries in the "Dictionary of National Biography", and having no less than ninety-five Coats of Arms, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places throughout England named with the Olde English pre 7th Century "hamel", bare, scarred, treeless, with "dun", hill. These places include: Hamilton in Leicestershire recorded as "Hameldon" in 1220, and Hambledon in North Yorkshire, appearing as Hameldon" in records of that county, dated 1290. The noble Scottish family of the name, who hold many titles, including the Marquessate and Dukedom of Abercorn, and the Earldom of Haddington, are descended from Walter FitzGilbert de Hameldone, a Norman baron who gave his support to Robert the Bruce in the 13th Century. However, some bearers may derive their name from the town of Hamilton near Glasgow, founded by the Hamiltons, rather than from being members of the Norman family mentioned above. A branch of the family was established in Ireland by Sir Frederick Hamilton (died 1646). He later became governor of Ulster, and his descendants were created Viscounts Boyne. James Hamilton, first Earl of Abercorn (died 1617) was gentleman of the bedchamber to James V1, and Sir Thomas Hamilton, Lord Drumcairn and Earl of Melrose, became first Earl of Haddington in 1626. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Wauter fiz Gilbert de Hamildone, which was dated 1296, in the "Scottish Homage Roll of Renfrewshire", during the reign of John Balliol of Scotland, 1292 - 1296. 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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barbara maybelle hamilton
im just a Hamilton wanting to know the family tree of " Hamiltons". i have been on facebook with my dads cousin Thomas Hamilton and he"s been of great help taking some back to Scotland & Ireland. told me about the town of Hamilton. i would really like to know more if anyone can help. my dads name is Wayne stewart Hamilton. his dads name was Robert who married Maybelle V. Mcclain

Patrick James Hamilton
Thank you for the details and to your contributors. I live in Kent, England, but originally came from Kilkenny in Ireland. I was always curious about our origins, particularly the technical, scientific and mathematical interests that seem to run through the family. Then I read about Sir William Rowan Hamilton from Dublin when I studied the Hamiltonian Operator in University Mathematics. I like the name.

Patty Hamilton
Hmmmm, Patrick, might we be from the same branch?? My Hamilton ggranparents came from Kilkenny in the mid 1800's, to Massachusetts, finally to Bridgeport, CT. Philip Hamilton of Kilkenny married Margaret Cullen. I do NOT have the math tech gene! However, some of my uncles were very tech savvy!

Joseph Hamilton
Thank you I am really exited to be a part of the Hamilton namesake My mother has quite a geneology on her maiden name, and is now researching the Hamilton name.

Lyndsey Hamilton (Swansea)
Thankyou for this information, i didnt realise there were so many hamiltons around!!! my family come from county wexford in Ireland (never met them though) and it would be lovely for us to get in touch.

Gary Hamilton
Thank you from a proud Hamilton

Karen(Melnychuk) Brack
my maternal Great Great Hamilton descendants James Hamilton 1803 County Down Ireland died Oct 22 1898 Yarker, Camden, Lennox Addington County. Ontario married Esther Lindsay-.1816-23 jan 1902 Yarker Camden Ontario..born in County Down Ireland. son Thomas 1853-1910 married Adaliza Amedia Edgar 1858-1903 son James Edgar Hamilton 1883-1965 married Stella May Huffman(Armstrong) Camden E Ont..these are my Grandparents, my mother Kathleen's parents.They eventually moved to Oshawa Ontario

Cathy Hamilton
Hamiltons from Enniskillen- Alexander, Robert maybe Fannie, Annie many family members moved to the Lakefield area of Ontario in the 1870-1880's Any connection to another hamiltons? Cathy Hamilton

My GreatGrandfather was Matthew and he was born in the 1830's or early 40's.He was married twice.His second wife Susannah Strickland.Not to sure of first wife.He had a son Philip born in 1853. He remarried in 1873 and had a son William in 1879 and a daughter Ann before that.Someone out there must know about Matthew and his family from Newfoundland.Thank you in advance. Ron

Ronald Murray
I forgot the surname of Matthew was HAMILTON IN THE ABOVE ADD.

Mary Hamilton D
I do not know where you got it that Hamilton is of Anglo Saxon origin, because I have always known it to be Norman origin. There is a lot you do not have here that tells the true history of the Hamiltons. There is a Hamilton DNA project going on Family Tree DNA and there is a lot to know.

Donald Hamilton Weingarten
Looking for some information on a Andrew Hamilton who lived in Ireland during the mid to late 1800's.

Wrong century but I am an Andrew Hamilton living in Northern Ireland (which is part of Britain so the Ireland bit is out, but ah well. Coincidence is all.

Guillermo Hamilton
any Hamilton from Liverpool, England? all what i know is that my grandfather Charles Alexander Hamilton Briggs was a goldigger came to America around 1900 specifically California, his sister Helen Hamilton decided to saty in Cerritos California, then he decided to try luck in Oaxaca, Mexico

Lee Andrew Hamilton
Guillermo Hamilton am from Preston England 30 mins away from liverpool

Glenda Patton
Love your site. Your Hamilton info helped shed some light on "my" Hamiltons and their origins.

Vada Hamilton

Love the info thank you! My sixth great grandfather was rumored to be from Ireland and came to the United States in the late 1600's to early 1700's. His name was Albert Hamilton and he had a son named Abram Hamilton but that is all I know. It is rumored he married an Iroquois and I've recently had my DNA done and that is in there surprisingly, so maybe it is true that Albert Hamilton was from Ireland as well. It is hard to find information about him however but I appreciate reading the surname history!