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Hammilton Family History

Hammilton Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Hamilton, Hambelton, Hilton, Halton, Hazelton, Hampton, Milton

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Where is the Hammilton family from?

You can see how Hammilton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hammilton family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hammilton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1841 there were 12 Hammilton families living in Renfrewshire. This was about 67% of all the recorded Hammilton's in Scotland. Renfrewshire had the highest population of Hammilton families in 1841.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hammilton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hammilton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hammilton. 37% of Hammilton men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Hammilton women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hammilton were Superintendent and Seamstress. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    37%
  • Farmer
    32%
  • Mechanic
    11%
  • Superintendent
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    34%
  • Public School Teacher
    34%
  • Seamstress
    34%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Hammilton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hammilton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 148 immigration records available for the last name Hammilton. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 327 military records available for the last name Hammilton. For the veterans among your Hammilton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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