HAMILTON FAMILY CREST
HAMILTON CLAN CREST
The Scottish surname Hamilton, also found in England and Northern Ireland is of locative origin meaning the original bearer of the name was named after the place they resided at. In the case of the surname Hamilton it is derived from the Old English term hamel meaning a "treeless hill" of which there are countless place names throughout England and Scotland. The Clan Hamilton held sway over large parts of the Scottish Lowlands, particularly in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and the Lothians.The name Hamilton is first recorded in Yorkshire, Northern England in the late 13th Century.