Hamer Family History

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Hamer Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Lancashire named Hamer, from Old English hamor ‘rock’, ‘crag’. English: possibly a metonymic occupational name for a smith or for a maker or seller of hammers, Middle English hamer (Old English hamor), or a habitational name for someone living at an inn or shop distinguished by the sign of a hammer. Dutch: from hamer ‘hammer’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of hammers or a user of a hammer, for example a blacksmith. Jewish (Ashkenazic) and German: variant spelling of Hammer. Slovenian: variant spelling of German Hammer.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hammer, Hamel, Hayer, Haver, Hager, Homer, Haler, Haber, Kamer

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Hamer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hamer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hamer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Hamer Family Origin

Where is the Hamer family from?

Hamer Family Occupations

What did your Hamer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer and Stove Mountes were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Hamer. The most common Hamer occupation in Canada was Farmer. 50% of Hamer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Stove Mountes


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hamer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hamer Historical Records

What Hamer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 117,000 census records available for the last name Hamer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hamer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Hamer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Hamer. For the veterans among your Hamer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hamer Life Expectancy

What is the average Hamer lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Hamer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hamer in 1948 was 48, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hamer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hamer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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