What does Hampshire mean?

Definitions for Hampshire
ˈhæmp ʃɪər, -ʃərhamp·shire

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hampshirenoun

    a county of southern England on the English Channel

  2. Hampshire, Hampshire downnoun

    British breed of hornless dark-faced domestic sheep


  1. Hampshirenoun

    A maritime county in the south of England bordered by Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset, Wiltshire and the English Channel; also includes the Isle of Wight.

  2. Etymology: English Ham + Shire (county). The 'p' evolved phonetically between [m] and [sh], as with Thom''son.


  1. Hampshire

    Hampshire (, (listen); abbreviated to Hants) is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in western South East England on the coast of the English Channel. Home to two cities on its south coast, Southampton and Portsmouth, Hampshire is the 9th-most populous county in England. The county town of Hampshire is Winchester. The county is bordered by Dorset to the south-west, Wiltshire to the north-west, Berkshire to the north, Surrey to the north-east, and West Sussex to the south east. The county is geographically diverse, with upland rising to 286 m (938 ft) and mostly south-flowing rivers. There are areas of downland and marsh, and two national parks: the New Forest and part of the South Downs, which together cover 45 per cent of Hampshire. Settled about 14,000 years ago, Hampshire's recorded history dates to Roman Britain, when its chief town was Venta Belgarum (now Winchester). The county was recorded in Domesday Book as divided into 44 hundreds. From the 12th century, the ports settlements grew due to increasing trade with the European mainland resulting from the wool and cloth, fishing, and shipbuilding industries. This meant by the 16th century, Southampton had become more populous than Winchester. In 20th century conflicts, including World War One and Two, Hampshire played a crucial military role due to its ports. At present, the county is divided into 13 non-metropolitan districts. Southampton and Portsmouth are unitary authorities and 7 hold borough status. This means that with the exceptions of Southampton and Portsmouth, the county is locally governed by a combination of the County Council and non-metropolitan district councils. In 1974, the Isle of Wight was made a separate ceremonial county from Hampshire and the towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch were transferred to Dorset. Hampshire is the home of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Florence Nightingale, and the birthplace of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


  1. hampshire

    Hampshire is a county on the southern coast of England in the United Kingdom. It is known for its coastal cities Portsmouth and Southampton, and for housing the New Forest National Park. It is also the location of Winchester, the former capital city of England. The term "Hampshire" can also be used to refer to places named after this county in other parts of the world, such as New Hampshire in the United States.


  1. Hampshire

    Hampshire is a county on the southern coast of England in the United Kingdom. The county town of Hampshire is Winchester, the former capital city of England. Hampshire is the most populous ceremonial county in the United Kingdom outside the metropolitan counties such as the West Midlands. Hampshire is notable for housing the birthplaces of the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force. The ceremonial county is bordered by Dorset to the west, Wiltshire to the north-west, Berkshire to the north, Surrey to the north-east, and West Sussex to the east. The southern boundary is the coastline of the English Channel and the Solent, facing the Isle of Wight. Hampshire is the largest county in South East England and the third largest shire county in the United Kingdom despite losing more land than any other English county during the Local Government Act 1972 boundary changes. At its greatest size in 1889, Hampshire was the fifth largest county in England. It now has an overall area of 3,700 square kilometres, and measures approximately 86 kilometres east–west and 76 kilometres north–south. Hampshire's tourist attractions include many seaside resorts, the motor museum at Beaulieu, with national parks in both New Forest and the South Downs. Hampshire has a long maritime history and two of England's largest ports, Portsmouth and Southampton, lie on its coast. The county is famed as home of such writers as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, as well as the birthplace of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hampshire is ranked #18614 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hampshire surname appeared 1,479 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Hampshire.

    89.3% or 1,322 total occurrences were White.
    4.9% or 73 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 45 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 24 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hampshire in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hampshire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Hampshire in a Sentence

  1. Tim Miller:

    Jeb Bush is one of just a few candidates -- possibly the only candidate -- with multiple paths through the February states and the resources and ground game to execute in them, in addition to the durability to play aggressively inMarch, we already have the biggest ground organization in New Hampshire, where we are leading our lane, and we are about to send more resources there to grow voter contact and persuasion. This comes in addition to what we believe are the best teams in Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Our Veterans are incredibly important and I'm proud to have the support of this coalition, especially in New Hampshire, where if I am elected I will build a full-service, first-class VA hospital to ensure all New Hampshire Veterans received the care they deserve.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    We're going to fight really hard in New Hampshire and then we're going to Nevada, to South Carolina, we're doing well around the country.

  4. Chris Christie:

    On the issue of pro-life, Marco Rubio is not for an exception for rape, incest or life of the mother. I think that's the kind of position that New Hampshire voters would be really concerned about.

  5. Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid:

    Americans seem to be fed up with Washington, and they're looking for somebody who speaks with the 'bark off,' as we say in New Hampshire. And I think Christie does that.

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