The surname of HAMMOND was a baptismal name 'the son of Hamon', a very popular font-name in the 12th and 13th century, but now entirely forgotten. Early records of the name mention Hamandus Cocus, 1140 County Norfolk. Hamund Brande was the sheriff of London in the year 1203. Hammond Chychwell. Lord Mayor of London in 1319. Adelina filius Hammon of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Hammond Hansart, of County Norfolk, registered at Oxford University in 1556. A notable member of the name was Henry Hammond (1605-60) the English clergyman born in Chertsey, Surrey. He was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1633 he became rector of Penthurst and in 1643 Archdeacon of Chichester. His loyalty to Charles I cost him his living but he officiated as chaplain to the king until 1647 when he returned to Oxford and was sub-dean of Christ Church.
Baptised. Abraham, son of George Hammond at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in the year 1648. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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