Lambert Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Lambert Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Lambert blazon are the lamb, tree, cinquefoil and lion rampant. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and gules.

The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

The lamb may refer either to the young of the sheep, in which case it is shown entirely in profile, or to the paschal or holy lamb, which turns to face the viewer and has both a halo and a flag on a pole. The flag may be charged with additional items. 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Lamb Its significance is obviously religious in nature, “befitting one a brave, resolute spirit”, according to Guillim. 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P68

Amongst the natural objects depicted on a coat of arms, trees feature frequently, either in whole or as individual branches and leaves. 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P94, 262, 407. Sometimes the species or the part of tree was chosen as an allusion to the name of the bearer, as in Argent three tree stumps (also known as stocks) sable” for Blackstock 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P309 Trees of course had long been venerated and its use in a coat of arms may have represented some association with the god Thor 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P112

Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur 12A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262. The cinquefoil is also of this type, being drawn, at least a little, realistically and often to very pleasing effect. It is shown as five-petalled flower, each petal quite rounded but with a distinct tip. It is sometimes pierced with a hole in the centre and usually appears on its own, without any leaves. 13A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cinquefoil It has no fixed colour but can appear in any of the available heraldic tinctures.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Lambert Name

Lambert Origin:

England France, Germany

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.

Variations:

More common variations are:

Lambbert, Lamberti, Lamberty, Lamberto, Lamberte, Lamberet, Lamberta, Lambertt, Lampbert, Lambeert, Lamson

History:

England:

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.

France:

In the country of France this surname is found in the region of Dauphine.

Scotland:

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.

Lambert Today:

United States 105,001

France 58,695

England 22,752

Canada 21,308

Belgium 11,611

Australia 8,385

Nigeria 7,183

South Africa 7,159

Brazil 6,153

Haiti 4,262

Notable People:

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.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert
3. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
4. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
5. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
7. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Lamb
8. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P68
9. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P94, 262, 407
10. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P309
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P112
12. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262
13. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cinquefoil