Lamport Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning, Family History and Lamport Coat of Arms and Family Crest
Origins of Lamport:
This unusual surname of English geographical origin from a number of places called “Lamport”, appeared in Berkshire, Northamptonshire, and Sussex, itself acquiring from the Old English “lang-port”, which means long town or long market-place (“ing” in “lang” was adapted to “m”, hence “Lamport”). There is also a place named as “Old Langport” in Kent, and a “Langport” in Somerset. Lamport in Berkshire was noted as “Lanport” in the Domesday Book, 1086, while the places in Northamptonshire and Sussex listed as “Langeport” in the Domesday Book, and “Langport” in the place-names of Sussex, (1107), respectively. “Lang port” listed at Pagham in the Anglo-Saxon records (680). William Lawnporthe married Ann Kyrbe at Tonbridge Kent in September 1558, while Francis Lampert married Ann Burgis at Seven Oaks, Kent in June 1563. At St. Michaels Parish, Aldershot, Hampshire William Lamport married Harriet Brownjohn in December 1865, while Thomas, son of William and Ann Lamport named here also in December 1852.
More common variations are: Lyamport, Lamporte, Lampert, Lampart, Lambort, Lampret, Lemport, Limport, Lampord, Lomport.
The surname Lamport first appeared in Surrey where they descended from the old Count of Mons and Louvain, born 940 AD. died 1004. His three sons were Baldwin, Ralph, and Hugh Lambert. Following Duke William to England at the Battle of Hastings, a Norman head, Haco Lambert had taken lands from Duke William and was noted in the Domesday Book. Descendants were one Henry Fitz Lambert living in 1235 who was a benefactor of the parish at Lincoln. Early records of the family appeared the in the church of Kirkby in Malham Dale in the West Riding of Yorkshire. “The church is an important and beautiful building, of the style that controlled in the rule of Henry VII., and is the burial-place of the Lambert family, of whom General Lambert discovered, on the side of Cromwell, in the civil war.”
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Richard de Lamport. dated about 1273, in the “Hundred Rolls of Wiltshire.” It was during the time of King Edward I, who was known to be the “The Hammer of the Scots,” dated 1272-1307. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.
Many of the people with surname Lamport had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Lamport landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 19th and 20th. Some of the people with the name Lamport who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included F. W. Lamport at the age of 29, who moved to the United States from London, in the year 1892. Mrs. Lamport at the age of 58, who settled in America, in 1895.
The following century saw more Lamport surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Lamport who arrived in the United States in the 20th century included Hiram Lamport at the age of 85, who landed in America, in 1904. Benjamin Lamport at the age of 40, who settled in America from London, in 1906. Frank Lamport at the age of 25, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910. Jacob Lamport at the age of 29, who settled in America from England, in 1912. Clara Alice Lamport at the age of 25, who moved to the United States from London, England, in 1916.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Lamport: United States 441; England 414; Mauritius 201; South Africa 146; Canada 142; Australia 65; Hong Kong 59; Wales 45; New Zealand 43; Russia 6.
Allan A. Lamport was a Magistrate of Toronto.
Felicia Lamport (1916–1999), was an American poet and satirist.
Leslie Lamport was an American computer scientist.
Paul H. Lamport (1907–1984), was an American businessman.
Stephen Lamport was a British politician.
William Lamport (1615–1659), was an Irish Catholic entrepreneur.
William H. Lamport (1811–1891), was an American political leader.
Lamport Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Lamport blazon are the buck’s head and bend. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and or.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
The chief is an area across the top of the field 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 40. It appears in many different forms and can itself be charged with other charges and ordinaries, 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Chief, being treated almost as if it were a completely separate area. In its simplest form it can be clearly identified. Early examples include the award by Henry III of England to the knight Robert de MORTEYN BRETON of Ermine, a chief gules.
The bend is a distinctive part of the shield, frequently occuring and clearly visible from a distance – it is a broad band running from top left to bottom right 9Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 39-40. Indeed, so important is the bend that it was the subject of one of the earliest cases before the English Court of Chivalry; the famous case of 1390, Scrope vs Grosvenor had to decide which family were the rightful owners of Azure, a bend or (A blue shield, with yellow bend). 10A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P22. The bend is held in high honour and may signify “defence or protection” and often borne by those of high military rank 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P49.