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Hamilton Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from what is now a deserted village in the parish of Barkby Leicestershire. This is named from Old English hamel ‘crooked’ + dūn ‘hill’. Hamilton near Glasgow was founded by the English Hamiltons and named after them and later bearers took their surname from the Scottish place. In the north of Ireland where many Hamiltons settled in the 17th century this surname may sometimes have been adopted for Hamill . It has also been adopted as an Anglicized form of southern Irish Ó hUrmholtaigh.

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


Similar surnames: Hambleton, Hilton, Hampton, Halton, Hazelton, Hamill, Dalton

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Where is the Hamilton family from?

You can see how Hamilton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hamilton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hamilton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 3,685 Hamilton families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Hamilton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hamilton families in 1911.
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What did your Hamilton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Hamilton. 35% of Hamilton men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Hamilton women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hamilton were Clerk and Student. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    35%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Student
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 261,000 immigration records available for the last name Hamilton. 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 Cards

There are 258,000 military records available for the last name Hamilton. For the veterans among your Hamilton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hamilton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hamilton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hamilton in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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