Ham Name Meaning

English (mainly southwestern England): variant spelling of Hamm. French: habitational name from any of the various places in northern France (Ardennes, Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Moselle) named with the Germanic word ham ‘meadow in the bend of a river’, ‘water meadow’, ‘flood plain’. Dutch: variant of Hamme. Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the Ham surname. Some sources report that there are sixty different Ham clans, but only the Kangnung Ham clan can be documented. Although some records have been lost and a few generations are unaccounted for, it is known that the founding ancestor of the Ham clan is Ham Kyu, a Koryo general who fought against the Mongol invaders in the thirteenth century. His ancestor, Ham Hyok, was a Tang Chinese general who stayed in Korea after Tang China helped Shilla unify the peninsula during the seventh century. Another of Ham Hyok’s ancestors, Ham Shin, accompanied Kim Chu-won, the founding ancestor of the Kangnung Kim family, to the Kangnung area, and hence the Ham clan became the Kangnung Ham clan. The first prominent ancestor from Kangnung whose genealogy can be verified is Ham Kyu, the Koryo general. Accordingly, he is regarded as the Kangnung Ham clan’s founding ancestor.

List of People with Surname Ham

In accordance with our records, there are a total of 6,149 people with the surname Ham. Among these people surnamed Ham, there are nearly 979 different names, with an average of 6 people having the same name. William Ham, Barbara Ham and Betty Ham are the top three most common names from the list of people surnamed Ham, with 45, 37 and 34 people respectively.

Besides that, Our findings indicate that Texas has the highest number of people surnamed Ham, with a total of 756 people, and there are a total of 420 different names among these people. California is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Ham, with a total of 720 people and an average of 394 different names.