Hampshire Family History
Hampshire Name Meaning
English:: (Yorkshire): habitational name from the southern English county so called which derives its name from Hampton (i.e. the port of Southampton) + Old English scīr ‘division district’. The County was formerly called Southamptonshire. (Surrey and Kent): habitational name from the area of Hallamshire in southern Yorkshire named from Hallam + Middle English schir ‘division’ ‘administrative region’ (Old English scīr). The surname is most common in Yorkshire where this second derivation is most likely to be the source.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press