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GenderMasculine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.HAM-!l-tən
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Meaning & History

From a surname which was derived from Old English hamel "crooked, mutilated" and dun "hill". The surname was originally taken from the name of a town in Leicestershire, England (which no longer exists). A famous bearer of the surname was Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), a founding father of the United States who was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.

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cities, currently out of the US top 1000, place names, surnames
Entry updated October 11, 2012   Contribute