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Hampshire Meanings & Origins

Commonly accepted meaning and origin

  1. regional name from the southern English county so called, which derives its name from Hampton (i.e. the port of Southampton) + Old English scir ‘division’, ‘district’.
  1. regional name from the area of Hallamshire in southern Yorkshire, named from Hallam + Middle English schir ‘division’, ‘administrative region’ (Old English scir). The surname is most common in Yorkshire, where this second derivation is most likely to be the source.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Hampshire Heraldry and Coat of Arms

A Note on Heraldry

"Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families or surnames. A form of property, coats of arms may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. Such grants were (and are) made by the proper heraldic authority for the country in question."

Source: Kimberly Powell, Family Coats of Arms - They Aren't What You Think, About.com

South African Heraldry

Ivan Neale Grant Hampshire in 1977 applied for and received a heraldic representation (reprinted below) from the South African Bureau of Heraldry on registered heraldic representations, the text of which can be found in a Search of their database on the website of the National Archives of South Africa.

Application: 1977-02-11; Registration: 1977-05-27; Certificate Issued: 1977-10-21 Arms: Or, a rose Gules barbed and seeded proper, on a chief embattled Azure an antique purse Or between two bezants. Crest: A protea flower slipped and leaved proper in a sun in splendour Or. Wreath and mantling: Or and Gules.


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