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Hamon family page


This is one of the most numerous families in Jersey over the past 500 years


A family gathering of Cabeldus and Hamons

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Origin of Surname

The name, found in Normandy from the 11th century, is either derived from the Old Norse personal name Hâmundr or from an old French Christian name Hamon, of Germanic origin. Hamon Dentatus revolted against William the Conqueror.

Early records

Guillaume Fils Hamon, a Norman lord attached to the court of Henry II, in c. 1155, founded the Abbey of St Helier, so will have had an interest in the Island. Indeed, the most plausible explanation as to the meaning, and therefore the early history, of the large Jersey Fief of Diélament, is that the name is a corruption of "Guille Hamon". The slight mispronunciation is easily understood when considering, among many examples, that on the Noirmont estate is the late General Don`s battery and ruined guard house, named in French "La Garde de Don". Jersey pronunciation has rendered this "La Dgèrde dé Don." If Guillaume Fils Hamon`s family did hold the fief, as seems likely, one or more of them are likely to have lived on the fief, in Jersey, which might explain the presence, in and since the middle ages of a substantial Hamon family, living very close to the present manor, at Les Câteaux.

After the separation of Normandy from England, the above fief seems to have been taken by the Crown, and later granted to the important local family, de Barentin.

With 1650 baptisms between 1564 and 1907 in our database, this is one of the largest families in Jersey since the 16th century.

We have combined Hamon and Hammond baptisms under 'Hamon/Hammond' in the database but are not totally convinced that the two families have a common source despite J Bertrand Payne's statement (below) that the name has more recently been spelt Hammond. That assertion is a sweeping generalisation not born out by family records. [1]

Charles Hamon and friends at 61 Colomberie
Herbert, Walter and Annie Hamon

Payne describes the Bailiff at the time he wrote, Jean Hammond as the senior representative in Jersey of the Hamon family. As our family tree below shows, his ancestors possibly originally spelt their hame Hamon.

While Hamon is undoubtedly of French origin in Jersey, the Hammond family could have come from England, and perhaps adopted the local spelling (or had it imposed on them by Rectors when inserting family records into the parish registers) reverting to Hammond after several generations.

The surname database has the following to say:

"Recorded as Armand, Hammand, Hammond, Hammant, Hammon and possibly others, this is a famous Anglo-French surname, but one which can be of early Norse-Viking or later French and German origins of which it has three. The first origin is from the Norse-Viking personal name Hamundr, meaning "High protection" and possibly introduced into Britain in about the 7th century. The second is also Norse-Viking and of the same period, but from Amundr, meaning "Ancester protection". Over the centuries the two forms became literally confused and fused. The third possible origin is arguably of German origin from the personal name Haimo meaning Home, but introduced as Hammant by the Norman French invaders of England in 1066. This again became integrated and fused with the two Norse spellings."

Baptisms of members of the Hammond family (but entered as Hamon) can be found in Jersey as far back as the 1670s. There is so much uncertainty about the spelling in some generations that we initially combined all records under Hamon/Hammond. More recent additions, however, have been indexed under one name or the other. Using the links below to search for either Hamon or Hammond will bring up a listing of all records indexed under the single name selected, and all those indexed under a combination of the two. Hamon and Hammond burial records are listed separately, but on a single page.

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

Variously spelling its name, Hamon, and more lately Hammond, this family has been located in Jersey from a very early date ; and by family tradition, but perhaps without sufficient authority, is considered identical with that powerful baronial house of Hamon of Normandy, one of whose members, William Hamon, founded the famous Abbey of St Helier.

One of the members of the insular family, Nicholas Hammond, filled successively the office of Secretary to the British Embassy at Portugal, and of Secretary to the Governor of the Windward and Leeward Islands. Settling in America, he married, firstly, Mary Cantwell, relict of Colonel Lowe, and secondly, Mary Dijre. His only son, Nicholas Hammond, of Pennsylvania, migrated to his ancestral island, Jersey, where he married Margaret, daughter of James Lempriere, and had issue two sons, Nicholas and James. The elder of these sons went to America, resided on his patrimonial estate there, and died in Maryland. This senior branch is represented by Nicholas Hammond, Barrister-at-law, of Annapolis, and Charles Howse Hammond, banker, of Baltimore, US. In Jersey the family is represented by John Hammond, Bailly of Jersey.


Jersey forms

  • Hamon, 1274
  • Hamont

Early Jersey records

  • Hamo, 1172
  • Hamun, 1377
  • Haim
  • Haimon
  • Hémon

Latinised versions

  • de Amonis, 1309
  • Hamonius, 1156

Breton diminuitives

  • Hamoneau
  • Hammoneau
  • Hamonic
  • Hamonet
  • Hamonnet
  • Hamoniaux
  • Hamoniau

Distinct family?

  • Hammond, 1299
  • Hamond, 1299
  • Hamount, c1340
  • Hamund,
  • Hamundus, 1274

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Great War service


Family wills


Burial records

Another Hamon family tragedy in 1860

Family tragedy

Emigrant to Canada

Family homes

Occupation curfew cards

Curfew passes issued to Thomas and John Hamon during the Occupation as members of the Honorary Police [2]


Two versions of the Hamon pre-1500 arms, researched by Julian Wilson

Family businesses

The 'Jersey Bank' of this 1813 note did not exist. The title was used to give respectability to Philip Hamon's personal issue of banknotes
Hamon's, Great Union Road, 1976

Family album

Click on any image to see a full-size version [[File:FN23HamonBrothers2.hs="300px" heights="450px" align=center style= "color: darkgreen;font-family:garamond;font-size:12pt;font-weight: normal;text-align:center;font-style: italic;letter-spacing: 1px; cellspacing= 30px;padding: 20px 20px 30px 20px;"> File:FN23Mr&MrsHamon.png|Carpenter James (1849- ) and Anne Hamon, nee Le Brocq, (1854- ), living at Highlands Farm, St Lawrence, in 1881 File:FN23AliceJaneHamon.png|Alice Jane Hamon (1880- ) daughter of James and Anne File:FN23HamonSons.png|Four sons of James and Anne: James Philip (1886- ), John Francis (1888- ), Sydney de Gruchy (1892- ) and Alfred Alexander (1894- ) </gallery></center>

Back row: William Marie, Florence Le Mierre, Harold Arthur Hamon and Colin Marie in 1941

Family gravestones

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The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Since August 2020 we have added several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form


Notes and references

  1. Jerripedia editor Mike Bisson has Hammonds in his own family tree:'They appear over two centuries back, and I am not convinced that they have any connection with Hamons, except perhaps through errors of recording or transcription. It will be seen from the burial records that over the past 200 years, which should be a representative guide to the prevalence of the two names, that Hamon is by far the more common of the two family names, which tends to suggest that Payne was wrong when he wrote some 150 years ago'
  2. These cards are held by Jersey Archive. Visit The Archive online catalogue for more information. A subscription may be needed to view some of the site's content
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