First name origins & meanings:
- Arabic: Lamb
- Old English: Flat-topped hill
First name variations: Amahl, Amal, Hamahl, Hamol, Hamal, Hamelton, Hamil, Hamill, Hamell, Hammill, Hamiltyn, Hamylton, Hamilton
Last name origins & meanings:
- English, Scottish, and Irish: variant spelling of
- French: topographic name for someone who lived and
worked at an outlying farm dependent on the main village, Old French
hamel (a diminutive from a Germanic element cognate with Old
English hām ‘homestead’).
- German and Jewish
(Ashkenazic): habitational name from the city of Hamlin, German
Hameln, Yiddish Haml, where the Hamel river empties into
the Weser. The name of the river probably derives from the Germanic
element ham ‘water meadow’.
- Dutch: metonymic
occupational name for a shepherd, from Middle Dutch hamel
‘wether’, ‘castrated ram’.
- A Hamel from Normandy, France, is documented in St. Jean et St. François,
Quebec, in 1666.
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