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Hamm is a Mennonite family name of Dutch-Prussian background. The name can possibly be traced back to Johan de Mepsche op den Ham from Groningen, in the Netherlands, an Anabaptist who fled to Danzig where he died in 1588. There is record of an Urban Ham living in Orlofferfelde, Prussia in 1601. The Danzig church record lists the name since 1676. The name appears also in the records of the following congregations: Tiegenhagen, Ladekopp, Rosenort, Fürstenwerder, Heubuden, Elbing, Montau-Gruppe, Deutsch-Kazun. From Danzig and Prussia the name was transplanted to Russia (Chortitza, Samara), the United States (Beatrice, Nebraska), Canada, and South America. Some well-known members of the family include Dietrich Hamm, David Hamm, Dr. David H. Hamm of Hague, Saskatchewan, and H. H. Hamm of Altona, Manitoba.


Penner, Horst. "The Background of a Mennonite Family-Hamm." Mennonite Life 4 (July 1949): 16.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1956

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Hamm (Ham) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 27 Apr 2017.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 644. All rights reserved.

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