An English surname the Hampton family name comes from Old English term â€˜hamtunâ€˜ which means a home settlement and an enclosure for a village.
Spelling variations for Hampton include Hampten and Hamptonne.
Hampton families are also located in Ireland. In England the Hampton families first started in the Staffordshire region. The Hampton families moved into Lancashire, Yorkshire, Essex, Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex as well as the city of London.
In Scotland the Hampton name is chiefly in Angus and Lanarkshire counties.
Within the United States the Hampton family name is primarily in the southern states such as Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky. The name is also located in Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California.
Famous: John Hampton (co-founder of the program Toys for Tots), Lionel Hampton (musician), Ike Hampton (professional baseball player), Trevor Hampton (founded the first scuba diving center in England), William Hampton (cricket player from England), Wade Hampton (Civil War Lieutenant General of the Confederate Army and later Governor and Senator of South Carolina), James Hampton (actor) and Christopher Hampton (playwright from England).