According to an Inscription of 10th century the town was called Bakrol (बाकरोल). It was a fort of Umraos, who did not support Maharaja Ari Singh. In samvat 1817 during the reign of Udaipur Maharaja Ari Singh its name was changed in favour of his elder son Hameer Singh. Dhiraj Singh and Hamir Singh had war with Marathas in which their heads were chopped off. They fought for some time even after this and their bodies fell at place called Bardod (बरडोद) and heads fell at village Kanyakheri. Memorial chabutras built at these sites are still there. 
Hamirgurh, 22d. October, 1820. — This town belongs to Beerumdeo, Ranawut, the son of Dheeruj Sing, who was the chief adviser of the Saloombra princes in the rebellion of S. 1843, during which he obtained it. The present chief is an oaf, always intoxicated ; and as he did not discharge the baoris, or professional thieves in his service, on the return of these days of peace, he was deprived of two towns amounting to seven thousand rupees annual rent. He ought, indeed, by the treaty of A. D. 1818, to have lost Hamirgurh, but he contrived by various indirect means to elude it, and to retain this, one of the most thriving places in Mewar. It contains about eight hundred inhabited houses, tenanted chiefly by manufacturers of chintz and dopattis, or ' scarfs,' such as are worn by all the Rajpootnis. It has a fine lake, filled with a variety of wild duck, which live unmolested amidst the sangara and lotos. The more ancient name of this place is Bakrole, as I found by two inscriptions, which again furnish specimens of sumptuary legislation.
- Dr. Raghavendra Singh Manohar:Rajasthan Ke Prachin Nagar Aur Kasbe, 2010, pp. 143-144
- James Todd Annals/Personal Narrative, Vol.II, pp.625
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