Armie Hammer’s grandfather, oil tycoon Armand Hammer, tried to buy the Arm and Hammer brand of household products due to similarity to his name. When they refused, he bought stock until he became a controlling shareholder. Armand was named after the socialist labor party symbol.

Arm and hammer

This article is about the symbol. For the brand, see Arm & Hammer. For other uses, see Arm and hammer (disambiguation).

Arm-and-hammer symbol at the Mechanics’ Bank and Trust Company Building in Knoxville, Tennessee

The arm and hammer is a symbol consisting of a muscular arm holding a hammer. Used in ancient times as a symbol of the god Vulcan, it came to be known as a symbol of industry, for example blacksmithing and gold-beating. It has been used as a symbol by many different kinds of organizations, including banks, local government, and socialist political parties.

It has been used in heraldry, appearing in the Coat of arms of Birmingham and Seal of Wisconsin.

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14 thoughts on “Armie Hammer’s grandfather, oil tycoon Armand Hammer, tried to buy the Arm and Hammer brand of household products due to similarity to his name. When they refused, he bought stock until he became a controlling shareholder. Armand was named after the socialist labor party symbol.”

  1. majorjoe23

    Was becoming an oil tycoon the way he rebelled against his parents after they named him after the socialist party symbol?

  2. _iam_that_iam_

    Well my real name is Games Top, so . . .

    (First name is pronounced Games, like Gif)

  3. GenX-IA

    I baby sat a kid years ago whos name was Armen Hammer. I have nothing of value here, I’ve always thought it was a stupid thing to name a kid.

  4. 249ba36000029bbe9749

    Now there’s a story that you can really sink you teeth into!

  5. wiggaroo

    Was Armie Hammer named after both his favourite food and his utensil of choice

  6. DelRayTrogdor

    Unrelated Arman Hammer fun fact. He briefly owned a definitive collection of DaVinci writings which led to it being called the Hammer Codex (or CodexHammer).

    Now generally referred to as the Codex Leicester.

  7. CoryVictorious

    When I buy something that has my name on it, usually its a trinket at a gift shop, not a company next level.

  8. Rustymarble

    In Pottstown Pennsylvania there is a road labeled as Arm (tiny space) and Hammer Blvd. I always wondered if it was three words or four.

    I think you’ve clarified that for me! Woo!

  9. NickolaiTheGreat

    My dad’s name is Ed. He was named after his dad, who was named Ed.

  10. supercyberlurker

    Buying stock in a company you hate often makes logical sense to me.

    If the company does really well, okay you made a ton of money.

    If they don’t, okay great the company you hate is dead.

    It’s not perfect, but I can see the logic.

  11. ovenbyrd

    For all my laundry needs,
    I use Arm and Hammer.
    Removes stains on the very first try.
    My clothes never shrink in size.
    For the life of me,
    I cannot believe that this dirty laundry bin
    Still smells like lemons.

  12. stuufthingsandstuff

    Weird, I was told back when Armie got popular for Social network that Armand Hammer started Arm and hammer company. This is much better!

  13. rammo123

    Ironic that a guy named after a socialist symbol became a hypercapitalist.

  14. lastaccountgotlocked

    Fun fact: the British and the Americans stress Arm And Hammer differently. A Brit would say ‘arm and *ham*mer’ whereas Americans say something closer to ‘almond hammer’.

    FUNNER FACT: this bonkers stressing of random syllables is what led to the biggest surprise of my trip to Washington DC where, at the age of 33 I learnt there was no such place as the Aaron Space Museum.

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