Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Lambert Name
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Origins of Name:
The surname of Lambert has been said to have over 40 different spellings of the surname, and is believed to be of Germanic origins. The surname of Lambert was found throughout the 12th Century, but derives from a Pre 5th Century personal name. This personal name “Landbehrt” which was made up of the word “land” which was translated to mean “territory” and “berht” which can be translated to mean “bright.” Thus, the literal translation of this surname and personal name was “bright land.” However, it has been determined that this surname may not have had any meaning at all, and is classified as a made up name which extolled the virtues of land ownership, and territorial possession. Another possible source of this surname of Lambert is from the Old English “Lambhierd” which was used to describe one who was a lamb herder.
More common variations are:
Lambbert, Lamberti, Lamberty, Lamberto, Lamberte, Lamberet, Lamberta, Lambertt, Lampbert, Lambeert, Lamson
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Lambert was in the country of England in the year of 1148. This person, named as one Richard Lambert, was recorded and mentioned in the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire. This document was ordered and decreed by one King Stephen of England, who was known as and commonly referred to throughout history as the “Count of Blois” and ruled from the year 1135 to the year 1154. Other mentions of the surname of Lambert include on St. Lambert, Bishop of Maastricht in the year 700, and Gozelinus filius Lamberti of Yorkshire, England, who was recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086, but this name was not considered to be hereditary like it was in the 12th Century. Another mention of the surname of Lambert was William Lambhyrde, who was mentioned in the Assize Court Rolls of Essex in the year 1255. Those who carry the surname of Lambert can be found throughout the country of England, but are found in high concentrations in the counties of Yorkshire, Lancashire, and the city of London.
In the country of France this surname is found in the region of Dauphine.
In the country of Scotland, those who bear the surname of Lambert are found throughout the country. The places in Scotland that have the highest concentration of those who carry the surname of Lambert are in Fife, Midlothian, and Lanarkshire counties.
United States of America:
During the European Migration, settlers across Europe decided to leave their homes, and sought after a better life. This new life was largely available in the United States of America, which at that time was referred to as The New World, or The Colonies, and promised freedom from religious persecution, new fulfilling and largely available work, and land. The first person to bear the surname of Lambert and make it to the New World was one person by the name of Richard Lambert, who arrived in the state of Massachusetts in the city of Salem in the year 1637. Shortly after, in the year 1640, Francis Lambert arrived in Rowley Massachusetts. Those who have the surname of Lambert can be found in California, Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Ohio.
United States 105,001
South Africa 7,159
Mrs. Delia Lambert (died in 1915) who was a 3rd Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA who sailed on the RMS Lusitania, and died in the sinking
Master William Patrick Lambert (died in 1915) who was a 3rd Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA who sailed on the RMS Lusitania, and died in the sinking
Albert Lambert (1875-1946) who was an Olympic silver medalist for golf at the 1904 Olympic games, and who was an America
Benjamin J. Lambert III (1937-2014) optometrist and politician, who was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate, who was from America
Lieutenant Colonel William Carpenter Lambert (1894-1982) fighter ace who flew in World World I, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, who was from America
Gavin Lambert (1924-2005) screenwriter, novelist, biographer who was British-born
Percy Edgar Lambert (1881-1913) who was the first person to ever go a hundred miles per hour in an an automobile
Francois “Frank” Lambert (1851-1937) An inventor of French origin who was best known for making the second oldest playable sound recording in the year 1878, on his own version of the phonograph
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Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (London, bart.). Motto—Sequitando si giunge. Ar. on a mount ppr. an oak tree vert and a greyhound courant gu. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet or, three ostrich feathers gu. ar. and az.
2) (Pinchbeck, co. Bucks). Gu. a chev. ar. a chief chequy or and az. Crest—A lion's head erased ar. gorged with a fesse chequy or and az.
3) (Stockton, co. Durham). Gu. a chev. erminois betw. three lambs pass. ar. Crest—A demi lamb ramp. ar. holding a shield erminois.
4) (co. Buckingham, Hull and Owton, co. York). Gu. a chev. betw. three lambs pass. ar. a chief chequy or and az. Crest—A sphinx pass. guard. or, face ppr. holding in the dexter foot a rose gu. seeded and leaved vert.
5) (Lyston Hall, co. Essex). (Castle Lambert, Kilquain, and Castle Ellen, co. Galway). Motto—Ut quocunque paratus. Gu. three cinquefoils pierced ar. Crest—A centaur ppr. bow gu. arrow or.
6) (Lord Mayor of London, 1532; and Maiden Bradley, co. Wilts. Visit. Hants, 1634). Ar. a chev. engr. gu. betw. three Cornish choughs ppr.
7) (London and Paris). Ar. on a mount vert an oak tree ppr. on the mount a greyhound pass. gu.
8) (Lord Mayor of London, 1741). Gu. three cinquefoils and a canton or.
9) (London and co. Surrey; granted 1737). Gu. three narcissus flowers ar. a canton or. Crest—On a mount vert a centaur pass. reguard. the human parts ppr. the other erm. girt about the waist with a laurel garland of the first, drawing a bow and arrow gu.
10) (co. York). Gu. a chev. betw. three lambs pass. ar.
11) Gu. a chev. betw. three fleurs-de-lis or. Crest—A lion ramp. ar.
12) Gu. a chev. betw. three lambs ar. Crest—Two lobsters’ daws erect gu. holding in each a fish or.
13) (granted to James Lambert, Esq., of Brixton, co. Surrey). Per pale or and az. a chev. betw. two bees volant in chief and a cinquefoil in base all counterchanged. Crest—In front of a gate or, a stag’s head couped ppr. attired gold, in the mouth a slip of oak vert, fructed or, the neck charged with a bend az. thereon three acorns also gold.
14) (Richard Lamert, Alderman of London, and John Lambert, citizen of same, sons of John Lambert, second son of Richard Lambert, gentleman, of Kirton, co. Lincoln. Visit. London, 1568). Ar. on a bend engr. betw. two lions ramp. sa. three annulets of the first.
15) (Boyton, co. Wilts; descended from Richard Lambert, Esq., of Kirton, co. Lincoln, who purchased the estate of Boyton in 1572). Ar. on a bend engr. betw. two lions ramp. sa. three annulets or. Crest—A demi pegasus, wings expanded erm.
16) (Waterdale, formerly of Creg Clare, co. Galway, 1630, a branch of Lambert, of co. York; Walter MacClellan Lambert, Esq., of Waterdale). Motto—Ut quocunque paratus. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gu. three cinquefoils pierced ar., for Lambebt; 2nd and 3rd, ar. two chev. sa., for Staunton. Crest—A centaur ppr. bow. gu. arrow or.
17) (Carnagh, co. Wexford; Henry Lambert, Esq., of Camagh, D.L., descended from Lamporte, of Ballyhire, and now the representative of that ancient Anglo-Irish family; granted by Carney, Ulster, 1683, to Patrick Lambert, Esq., of Dunmain, High Sheriff co. Wexford). Motto—Dens providebit. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, vert a lamb ambulant ar.; 2nd and 3rd, erm. an eagle displ. gu. Crest—A Sagittarius pass, per pale gu. and ar. charged with a trefoil vert, bow and arrow or.
18) (confirmed to Alexander Clendinning Lambert, Esq., of Brook Hill, and Cong Abbey, co. Mayo, and the descendants of his grandfather). Motto—Ut quocunque paratus. Gu. a cross crosslet or, betw. three cinquefoils pierced ar. Crest—A centaur ppr. charged on the shoulder with a cross crosslet or.