Hammer Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Hammer Name Meaning

German, English, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German hamer, Yiddish hamer, a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of hammers, for example in a forge, or nickname for a forceful person. English and German: topographic name for someone who lived in an area of flat, low-lying alluvial land beside a stream, Old English hamm, Old High German ham (see Hamm) + the English and German agent suffix -er. Norwegian: variant of Hamar.

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

Similar surnames: Hamer, Hamm, Hammel, Sommer, Hader, Kammer, Ammer, Hamper, Kummer

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Hammer Family Origin

Where is the Hammer family from?

Hammer Family Occupations

What did your Hammer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hammer family was Baker Employing Two Men. Annuitant, Coal Miner and Accountant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hammer. The most common Hammer occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 5% of Hammer's were Annuitants.

View Census data for Hammer | Data not to scale

  • Annuitant

  • Coal Miner

  • Accountant

  • Baker Employing Two Men


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hammer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hammer Historical Records

What Hammer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 113,000 census records available for the last name Hammer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hammer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Hammer

Passenger List

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Hammer. 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.

View all Hammer immigration records

Draft Card

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Hammer. For the veterans among your Hammer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Hammer military records

You've only scratched the surface of Hammer family history.

Hammer Life Expectancy

What is the average Hammer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hammer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hammer in 1944 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hammer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hammer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Look up another name