Hamrick is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Hamrick comes from of Old French world "amauri," which is itself derived from the Old Germanic "Amalric," meaning "work-rule." Research of the Chronicles of England indicates the name Hamrick to be of Norman Origin, ranking amongst the oldest. The history of the name is an intricate crossweave with in the fabric of the tapestry of ancient Britain.
Detailed research by skilled analysts examining such ancient manuscripts as the Domesday Book (compiled i 1086 by William the Conqueror), the Ragman Rolls, the Inquisitios, the Wace poem, the Honour Roll the Battel Abbey, The curia Regis, Pipe Rolls, the Falaise Roll, tax records, baptismal, family genealogies, local parish and church records show the first record of the name Hamrick was found in Tours in Normandy, where the name was spelt D'Amery, or Amaury the delicate of Pontoisse, and they settle in England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Alternative spellings were traced in the archives. linked to a common root, typically on of the Norman nobles or warriors at the Battle of Hastings. Although your name, Hamrick, occurred in many references, from time to time, included amongst the spellings were Amory, Emery, Amery, Ammory, Ammery, Emry and these changes in spelling occurred even between father and son. Scribes recorded the name phonetically, as it sounded. Many people were born with one spelling, married with another, and buried with another. All three spellings were one and the same person. Sometimes kinsmen and women spelled their names as they liked, indicating a different branch of the family, a religious preference, or sometimes to proclaim a national heritage.
The surname Hamrick is believed to have arrived in England from Normandy, a race frequently but mistakenly assumed to be of French origin. More accurately they were of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and Northern Scotland about the year 870 A.D., under their King, Stirgud the Stout. Thorfinn Rollo, his descendant, landed in northern France about the year 911 A.D. The French King, Charles the Simple, after Rollo laid siege to Paris, finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo. Rollo was the first Duke of the newly created land of Normandy, the territory of the North Men. Rollo married Charles' daughter and became a convert to Christianity. Duke William who invaded and defeated England at the Battle of Hasting in 1066, was descended from the first Duke Rollo of Normandy.
Duke William compiled a census of most of England in 1086, a census which became known a century later as the Domesday Book. It became the authority, the point of departure, for the ownership of land in England.
In this era, the Hamrick surname could be found in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, and Devon in England's west country, where they had been granted land by King William after the Conquest. Their seats were at Knightshaven Court in Devon, Codrington in Gloucester, and St. Anns in Bristol. some of the earliest bearers of the name include Roger Hemeri, who was living in Essex in 1182, Robert Amalri, who was listed in Curia Regis Rolls of Oxfordshire for 1207, and Richard Aumauri, who was recorded in Dorset in 1221. Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Amory (1691-1788), an English-Irish writer best known for his book "Life of John Buncle," and Amory of Knightshaven.
The surname Hamrick added much influence to the local social and political life and to the affairs of England. During the 12th century many of these Norman families moved north to Scotland in the train of the Earl of Huntingdon, later to become King David of Scotland. The 16th, 17th and 18th centuries brought many religious and political injustices. The Monarchy, the Church and Parliament fought for supremacy. religion was divided by the Church of State, the Roman Church and the Reform Church. Each faction, in it's time, imposed it's influence and penalties on rich and poor alike. Loyalties were engineered, marriages were arranged to acquire greater possessions, estates and influence at court. Many families were freely "encouraged" to migrate to Ireland, or to the "colonies." Nonbelievers or dissidents where banished, sometimes even hanged.
The settlers in Ireland became known as the Adventurers for land in Ireland. They contracted to keep the Protestant faith, both for their families, and also for those who worked for them. The Hamrick family settled in County Clare in Ireland, and took over Bunratty Castle.
The rumors of the attractions of the New World spread like wildfire. Many sailed aboard the fleet of sailing ships known as the "White Sails." The stormy Atlantic, small pox, dysentery, cholera and typhoid took its toll of the settlers and many of the overcrowded ships arrived with only 60 or 70% of their passenger list. The migration or banishment to the New World continued, some went voluntarily from Ireland, but most, directly from England or Scotland, their home territories. Some clans and families even moved to the European continent.
In North America, immigrants bearing the family name Hamrick, or one of it's spelling variations included,
Thomas Emry, who was among the first group of immigrants to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607;
Rebecca Emry, who settled in Maryland in 1664;
Thomas Amory, who migrated to South Carolina and became Advocate General and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Lord Palatine in 1690;
John Amory, who settled in Georgia in 1773
John Amory, who arrived in Boston in 1776;
David Amery, who came to New York in 1820; and
John R. Amery, who immigrated to Nantucket in 1823.
the port of arrival many settlers joined the wagon trains westward. During the American War of Independence some declared their loyalty to the Crown and moved northward into Canada and became known as the United Empire Loyalists.
From recent history, notable bearers of the Hamrick surname include:
Derick Heathcoat Amory (1899-1981)
1st Viscount Amory, British Politician
John Amery (1912-1945), a native of England who was reruited by the Nazi party during 2nd World War.
The Motto of the Coat of Arms translates as "Amore Non Vi= Love not by force"These are the famous people of the Hamrick Family. Enjoy!!!!
14th President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)
20th President James Abram Garfield (1831-1881)
26th President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
36th President Lyndon B Johnson (1908-1973)
37th President Richard M Nixon (1913-1994)
41st President George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-)
43rd President George Walker Bush (1946-)
Actor Bob Hope (1903-2003)
Actor Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)
Actor John Wayne (1907-1979)
Actor Spencer Tracy (1900-1967)
Actress Bette Davis (1908-1989)
Actress Joan Crawford (1905-1977)
Actress Lillian Gish (1893-1993
Actress Shirley Temple Black (1928-)
Actress, Screenwriter, and Playwright Mae West (1893-1980)
American Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball (1911-1989)
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)
Author and activist Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
Author Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)
Author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)
Author Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949)
Author Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
Banker J.P. Morgan (1837-1913)
Baseball player Ray Boone (1923-2004)
British-born, American Actor Cary Grant (1904-1986)
Circus Performer Charles Stratton (1838-1883)
Comedian Freddie Prinze (1954-1977)
Connecticut Representative Samuel Huntington (1731-1796)
Cuban American Performer Desi Arnaz (1917-1986)
English Author Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
English Author and poet Elizabeth Browning (1806-1861)
English Cricketer W. G. Grace (1848-1915)
English Painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
English Physician Edward Jenner (1749-1823)
Explorer John Ledyard (1751-1789)
First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush (1925-)
First Lady Claudia Taylor Johnson (1912-)
First Lady Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt (1861-1948)
First Lady Elizabeth Kortright Monroe (1768-1830)
First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland (1864-1947)
First Lady Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge (1879-1957)
First Lady Harriet Lane* (1830-1903)
First Lady Laura Welch Bush (1946-)
First Lady Lou Henry Hoover (1874-1944)
First Lady Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (1832-1918)
First Lady Lucy Ware Webb Hayes (1831-1889)
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower (1896-1979)
Florence Nightingale Pioneer of Modern Nursing (1820-1910)
Football star and Supreme Court Justice Byron White (1917-2002)
Former Prime Minister Charles Tupper (1821-1915)
Founder of General Motors William C. Durant (1861-1947)
French Artist Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)
Gun Company Owner Oliver Winchester (1810-1880)
Gun Company Owner William W. Winchester (1837-1881)
Inventor George Eastman (1854-1932)
Inventor Robert H Goddard (1882-1945)
Massachusetts Representative Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814)
Massachusetts Representative Samuel Adams (1722-1803)
Mayflower Passenger Edward Winslow (1595-1655)
Mayflower Passenger Miles Standish (1584-1656)
Outlaw Butch Cassidy (1866-1908)
Outlaw Edward "Ned" Kelly (1854-1880)
Outlaw Frank James (1843-1915)
Painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Poet Emily Dickenson (1830-1886)
Politician Alfred Deakin (1856-1919)
Politician William Lamb (1779-1848)
Religious Leader Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Reverend, ex-slave Richard Allen (1760-1831)
Rhode Island Representative William Ellery (1727-1820)
Rocket Scientist Wernher von Braun (1912-1977)
Scottish Novelist and Poet Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
Virginia Representative George Wythe (1726-1806)
Viscountess of Britain Nancy Astor (1879-1964)
Writer O. Henry (1862-1910)
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