Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
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Contact: Mr Robert Hammond
My family history research started in the 1970's from an interest in the origins of my second given name Walter. I was told that this name was passed down through many generations of the Hammond family, but like most family folklore it turned out not to be the case. (only 3 generations)
After making slow but steady progress in the pre-internet days through visiting many of the core data repositories, my research stalled on the borders of Hertfordshire and Essex , with my Hammond family back in the mid 18th Century. The regular occurrence of "Ham~ond" in the parish registers was noticed, and at the time not considered significant.
Many years later, by complete chance, a fellow genealogist got in touch, and the Hamond family research he had undertaken aided by the abundance of scanned online parish registers opened up a whole new line of my ancestors back to the parish of Westmill in Hertfordshire.
A concentration of several Hamond families in the Westmill parish registers from the 16th/17th century prompted me to join the Guild in December 2019 to help unravel the tangled web and to try and explore the possible origins of the Hamond name.
Work continues, if you have any Hamond ancestors please do get in touch and I wiouild be delighted to share information with you.
My one name study is currently focussed on the Hamond surname only.
Hamond appears to be an early form of the later variant Hammond.
The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britian and Ireland (Oxford University Press 2016) has 4 suggestions :-
1 Norman, English: relationship name from the Middle English, Old French personal name Hamon , Haimon , also sometimes appearing as Hawmon in Middle English. It frequently developed an excrescent -d , giving Hamond , Haimund , and Hawmond .
2 English: relationship name from the Middle English personal name Hamund (Old Scandinavian Hámundr ), which may have been used in Normandy and in 12th-century E England, although it is likely that most, if not all, of the examples there of Hamund are from the French name in (1).
3 English: in Bradford (WR Yorks) a reduced form of Ormondroyd, formerly Hamondesrode . Redmonds, Dictionary of Yorks Surnames, shows the development of the surname in Horton (WR Yorks) from Hawmunrode (1379) to Hawmound (1571) and Hamond (1672).
4 Irish: sometimes adopted for Mac Ámoinn, see McCammon.
1438 Henry VI Close Rolls
Thomas Hamonde of Westmylle son and heir of John Hamonde son of Thomas Hamonde and of Katherine his wife daughter and heir of Edmund Snellynge
William Hamond "of ye hill" Westmill Hertfordshire circa 1560 ?
George Hamond bap. 1585 Westmill Hertfordshire, bur 1650 Wyddial Hertfordshire ENGLAND
George Hamond bap. 1625 Westmill Hertfordshire, bur. 1708 Furneux Pelham Hertfordshire ENGLAND
William Hamond bap 1666 Wicken Bonhunt Essex bur 1719 Furneux Pelham Herfordshire ENGLAND
GB frequency in 1881 238
Current frequency GB 49 Ireland 1
GB frequency in 1881 16,965
Current frequency GB 22,883 Ireland 652
Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland (Oxford University Press 2016)
1881 main location scattered especially East Anglia
1881 widespread in England and Wales especially Suffolk.
1847-64 main Irish location Donegal; Dublin; Limerick; Down
Data collection for this one name study is in it's early stages, and currently confined to the UK.
Family Tree DNA Y DNA (37 marker) and Autosomal DNA test
Y DNA results submitted to Hammond Y DNA Project.
Autosomal data submitted to My Heritage
Autosomal test on Living DNA
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