Cornish word originating in Devonshire,
Caithness surname of local origin in Scotland from the small place
the name near Dunnet,
surname HAM of French origin does not have to be translated into
English, it means the same and is spelled the same.
- 'Ham' has been referred to as an Anglo-Saxon word meaning
home, and in Somerset, England more closely resembling the Low
German 'hamm' low-lying pasture land, or a meadow near a river
(pratum sepe circumdatum) and not to be confounded with the
'Anglo-Saxon' word for home.1
- and it
is also referred to as a Celtic word.
The Celtic word "ham
a place name, such as a home
. The Old
" meant an
enclosed piece of
land, or a low lying land by a stream. The most common Old English
terms denoting habitiation are "ham
." "ham" is
ancient, and more frequently compounded with folk names. The term
originally meant fence or hedge, then eventually came to mean an
or manor, then gradually came to mean a "hamlet" or "Village."
the version of "tun" that we are familiar with is now called a
"town." Examples of combinations of the word would be
Higham, and Asheldham.
According to Frederic Thomas Elworthy, "The West
Somerset Word-Book," English Dialect Society, 1888.
(Courtesy of correspondence in April, 2015 with Jon
Hamm of East Brent, Somerset.)
- A fire destroys the city of Ham in the Department of the
- The Caithness word would date from this time frame,
to the location in Scotland near Dunnet.
- Higham Upshire dates from this period.
AD - The City of Ham in France becomes the capital of a
country called "Hamois," which by 888 becomes attached to
AD - The City of Ham in France is used to describe the
location of the Lords of that region.
1200 AD -
The HAM place name begins to be used more widely to describe the
location of local inhabitants in England.
1226 AD - The city of Hamm is founded in west central
the Ruhr district, southeast of Munster.
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Names of Sussex
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Regia Anglorum - The Language of the
Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
To view the distribution of the Danes'
influence on names in England:
A Short History of the HAM Surname in Virginia & NC
"The Origin of English Place Names," by P. H. Reaney, Publ. Routledge and Kegan Paul.
London, Boston, Melbourne, and Henley. 1994
Some 14th century names can be found in:
"A History of Surnames of the British Isles," by C. L. L'Estrange Ewen MacMillan
Company, NY 1931.
"The Surnames of Scotland, Their Origin, Meaning, and History" by George F. Block, PHD, NY Public
Library, NY 1946.
"Epytomological Dictionary of Family and Surnames of France," by Albert Dauzat, professor, 3rd
edition. Larousse Bookstore, 17, street of Montpamasse and 114,
Raspail Boulevard, Paris. 1951
"A Dictionary of Surnames," by
Hanks and Hodges, 1988.