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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(London, formerly of Flanders, 1633). Ar. three bars humettée sa.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Lamott Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Origins of Lamott:
Lamott is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Invasion of 1066.  The Lamott family resided in Essex.  The name, however, drops from the family's place of the home before the Norman Invasion of England in 1066, Mott a town in Cotes du Nord, Normandy.  Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an large number of spelling variations.  This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English required any spelling rules when Norman French introduced in the 11th century.  The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin.  These different languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu.  The final element of this mix is that old authors spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in.  The name was spelled Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and much more.

More common variations are: Lamotte, Lamotta, Lammott, la Mott, Lamotto, Lamoutt, Lamoitt, Lamot, Lmott, la Motte.

The surname Lamott first appeared in Essex, where the family held a family seat from very early times, having given lands by Duke William of Normandy, their true King, for their exceptional support at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD.

United States of America:
People with the name Lamott moved to the America in many centuries like Adam Mott, who arrived with his wife Sarah and five children in Boston in 1635.  Nathaniel Mott, who arrived in New England in 1681.  Peter Mott, who came to New York in 1711.

Lamott Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Lamott blazon is the bars humettee. The two main tinctures (colors) are sable and argent.

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 1. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 2. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5.

The bar is a thin, horizontal stripe across the centre of the shield, usually in groups of two or three (any more and there would be confusion with barry, a treatment of horizontal lines of alternating colours). Humettee is a word of uncertain origin that means couped or cut. It is applied to so-called ordinaries, the large features that typically extend across the whole of the field, but their description as humettee means that, whilst still occupying the bulk of the space, they are cut short before reaching the edge 6. Thus the bar humettee is one of small number of horizontal bars ending just short of either edge. Richard II of England granted an example of these in the arms of John de DABRICHECOURT, being Ermine, on 3 bars humetty 9 escallops or 3,3,3.

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  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 2 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 3 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 4 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Humetty