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Hamilton Family History

Hamilton Name Meaning
Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from what is now a deserted village in the parish of Barkby, Leicestershire. This is named from Old English hamel ‘crooked’ + dun ‘hill’. Hamilton near Glasgow was founded by the Hamiltons and named after them. In Ireland, this name may have replaced Hamill in a few cases. It has also been used as the equivalent of the Irish (Cork) name Ó hUrmholtaigh.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Hamilton Families

  • Number of Hamilton families
     899 - 1,796
     300 - 898
     1 - 299
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Hamilton families
     3,679 - 7,355
     1,227 - 3,678
     1 - 1,226
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Hamilton Family Origin

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Hamilton Emigration Information (US)

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Hamilton Emigration Information (AU)

from the Australian Convict Transportation Registers 1787-1868

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Hamilton Family Occupations

from 1881 UK Census Data

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Military Service by Hamilton

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