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This is one of the most numerous families in Jersey over the past 500 years. A link to family wills was added in April 2017, together with a revised family baptisms listing and more gravestones


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A family gathering of Cabeldus and Hamons

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Origin of Surname

The name is derived from an old French Christian name Hamon of Germanic origin. Hamon Dentatus revolted against William the Conqueror.

Early records

The family probably came to Jersey from Brittany, where the greatest number of holders of the name are and were concentrated.

With 1650 baptisms between 1564 and 1907 in our database, this is one of the largest families in Jersey since the 16th century.

We have combined Hamon and Hammond baptisms under 'Hamon/Hammond' in the database but are not totally convinced that the two families have a common source despite J Bertrand Payne's statement (below) that the name has more recently been spelt Hammond.

Charles Hamon and friends at 61 Colomberie
Herbert, Walter and Annie Hamon

Payne describes the Bailiff at the time he wrote, Jean Hammond as the senior representative in Jersey of the Hamon family. As our family tree below shows, his ancestors possibly originally spelt their hame Hamon.

While Hamon is undoubtedly of French origin in Jersey, the Hammond family could have come from England, and perhaps adopted the local spelling (or had it imposed on them by Rectors when inserting family records into the parish registers) reverting to Hammond after several generations.

The surname database has the following to say:

"Recorded as Armand, Hammand, Hammond, Hammant, Hammon and possibly others, this is a famous Anglo-French surname, but one which can be of early Norse-Viking or later French and German origins of which it has three. The first origin is from the Norse-Viking personal name Hamundr, meaning "High protection" and possibly introduced into Britain in about the 7th century. The second is also Norse-Viking and of the same period, but from Amundr, meaning "Ancester protection". Over the centuries the two forms became literally confused and fused. The third possible origin is arguably of German origin from the personal name Haimo meaning Home, but introduced as Hammant by the Norman French invaders of England in 1066. This again became integrated and fused with the two Norse spellings."

Baptisms of members of the Hammond family (but entered as Hamon) can be found in Jersey as far back as the 1670s. There is so much uncertainty about the spelling in some generations that we have combined all records under Hamon/Hammond.

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

Variously spelling its name, Hamon, and more lately Hammond, this family has been located in Jersey from a very early date ; and by family tradition, but perhaps without sufficient authority, is considered identical with that powerful baronial house of Hamon of Normandy, one of whose members, William Hamon, founded the famous Abbey of St Helier.

One of the members of the insular family, Nicholas Hammond, filled successively the office of Secretary to the British Embassy at Portugal, and of Secretary to the Governor of the Windward and Leeward Islands. Settling in America, he married, firstly, Mary Cantwell, relict of Colonel Lowe, and secondly, Mary Dijre. His only son, Nicholas Hammond, of Pennsylvania, migrated to his ancestral island, Jersey, where he married Margaret, daughter of James Lempriere, and had issue two sons, Nicholas and James. The elder of these sons went to America, resided on his patrimonial estate there, and died in Maryland. This senior branch is represented by Nicholas Hammond, Barrister-at-law, of Annapolis, and Charles Howse Hammond, banker, of Baltimore, US. In Jersey the family is represented by John Hammond, Bailly of Jersey.

Variants

Jersey forms

  • Hamon, 1274
  • Hamont

Early Jersey records

  • Hamo, 1172
  • Hamun, 1377
  • Haim
  • Haimon
  • Hémon

Latinised versions

  • de Amonis, 1309
  • Hamonius, 1156

Breton diminuitives

  • Hamoneau
  • Hammoneau
  • Hamonic
  • Hamonet
  • Hamonnet
  • Hamoniaux
  • Hamoniau

Distinct family?

  • Hammond, 1299
  • Hamond, 1299
  • Hamount, c1340
  • Hamund,
  • Hamundus, 1274


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Another Hamon family tragedy in 1860

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