Hamm (Ham) family

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Hamm is a Mennonite family name of Dutch-Prussian background. Early research by Horst Penner claimed a possible connection between the Mennonite Hamm family and Johan de Mepsche op den Hamm,from Groningen, in the Netherlands, who fled to Danzig where he died in 1588. However, his children are known to have stayed in the Netherlands and never taken the surname Hamm and no evidence has been found that his descendants were Mennonites. 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.

Schimmel, Jan and Abraham van der Laan Heilbo. "Het geslacht de Mepsche te Groningen." (15 August 2017). Web. Viewed 23 May 2018.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Glenn Penner
Date Published May 2018

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Krahn, Cornelius and Glenn Penner. "Hamm (Ham) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2018. Web. 24 Sep 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hamm_(Ham)_family&oldid=160747.

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Krahn, Cornelius and Glenn Penner. (May 2018). Hamm (Ham) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hamm_(Ham)_family&oldid=160747.


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

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