This is an interesting example of how a name may be a combination of both the personal and the topographical. "Ham-et" was a diminutive form of the Norman personal name "Hamo(n)", plus "ette" from the French "Petit" meaning small or little. Thus the name would have been given to mean "son of Hamo". The prefix "Ham" may also be interpreted from the Anglo-Saxon "Ham" meaning flat, alluvial wetlands, so that Hammett would refer to "the son of one who lived by or near a low lying meadow". The variant Hamatt is seen in the record of the christening of the infant Susan Hammatt at St. Botolph without Aldgate London. On April 18th 1729, George Hammett married Elizabeth Hughson at St. Dunstan, Stepney, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Hamet, which was dated 1297, Ministers Accounts of the Earldom of Cornwall, during the reign of King Edward I, The Hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Hammett — bezeichnet: Hammett, einen Film von Wim Wenders, siehe Hammett (Film) Hammett ist der Name folgender Personen: Dashiell Hammett (1894–1961), amerikanischer Schriftsteller Kirk Hammett (* 1962), amerikanischer Gitarrist der Band Metallica Louis… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hammett — may refer to:* Hammett (film), 1982 film about writer Dashiell Hammett * Dashiell Hammett (1894–1961), author of novels The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man * Louis Plack Hammett (1894–1987), physical chemist who developed the Hammett equation *… …   Wikipedia

  • HAMMETT (D.) — HAMMETT DASHIELL (1894 1961) Père du thriller et maître du genre, Dashiell Hammett fut mille fois copié, jamais égalé (sauf peut être par Raymond Chandler). Il a très peu publié: en tout cinq romans et quelques nouvelles. Cette production est… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Hammett —   [ hæmɪt], Samuel Dashiell, amerikanischer Schriftsteller, * County Saint Marys (Maryland) 27. 5. 1894, ✝ New York 10. 1. 1961; war mehrere Jahre als Detektiv tätig. Hammett gilt als der Begründer der »hard boiled school« des Kriminalromans, die …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Hammett —    Film policier de Wim Wenders, avec Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner.   Pays: États Unis   Date de sortie: 1982   Technique: couleurs   Durée: 1 h 34    Résumé    San Francisco, 1928. Dashiell Hammett, détective privé devenu… …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

  • Hammett — Hammett, Dashiell S …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Hammett — (Dashiell) (1894 1961) pionnier du roman noir américain: le Faucon maltais (1930) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Hammett — [ham′it] (Samuel) Dashiell [də shēl′, dash′əl] 1894 1961; U.S. detective story writer …   English World dictionary

  • Hammett — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Hammett peut désigner : Dashiell Hammett, écrivain américain. Kirk Hammett, guitariste américain. Louis Plack Hammett, physico chimiste américain.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hammett — noun United States writer of hard boiled detective fiction (1894 1961) • Syn: ↑Dashiell Hammett, ↑Samuel Dashiell Hammett • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

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