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HAMILL Family HistoryThis interesting and unusual surname has two possible sources, the first being Scottish but also ultimately of Norman origin, and a locational name from the place called "Haineville" or "Henneville" in Manche. The placename derives from the Germanic personal name "hagano", which means "hawthorn", and was originally a nickname, found in medieval England as "Hain" and "Heyne", with the Old French word "ville", meaning ettlement, village. The surname may also be of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is an example of the sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given in the first instance with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, including supposed resemblance to an animal's or bird's appearance or disposition, or to habits of dress and occupation...
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you don't mention the original Irish Ó hÁdhmaill / O'hAdhmaill, which was written as Hamill during the planation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ó_hÁdhmaill.
My ancestors came to America in 1763 aboard the Britannia, landing in Charles Town (Charleston), S.C. The family later moved to Alabama, Winston County, Mississippi (where my namesake founded Hamill Spring, still there, and where James Faris Hamill, my great-great grandfather, was captured in 1863, at the Battle of Vicksburg. The family eventually relocated to Texas.
My great great grandfather came from Ireland to I believe Pennsylvania in 1794. His name was James Hamill.
Thomas Hamill, my great grandfather, came to America, and joined the northern army in Pennsylvania to fight in the Civil War.
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