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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

Similar surnames: Hambleton, Hilton, Hampton, Halton, Hazelton, Hamill, Dalton

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Where is the Hamilton family from?

You can see how Hamilton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hamilton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hamilton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,796 Hamilton families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Hamilton's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Hamilton families in 1891.
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What did your Hamilton ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Hamilton. 9% of Hamilton men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Hamilton women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hamilton were Retired and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 261,000 immigration records available for the last name Hamilton. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 258,000 military records available for the last name Hamilton. For the veterans among your Hamilton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hamilton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hamilton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hamilton in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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