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Origins Available: English, Irish, Scottish

Where did the English Lamb family come from? What is the English Lamb family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lamb family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lamb family history?

The name Lamb comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a gentle-hearted person. The surname Lamb originally derived from a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. As a nickname surname it could refer either directly or indirectly to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Lamb has undergone many spelling variations, including Lamb, Lambe, Lam and others.

First found in Northumberland where they were Lords of the manor of West Denton. Although, the earliest recorded record of this surname found was of Edward, Wulmar Lamb, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Kent in 1195.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lamb research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1715, 1715, 1545 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Lamb History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lamb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lamb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Lamb were among those contributors:

Lamb Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John, Edward, and Elizabeth Lamb settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • John, Edward, and Elizabeth Lamb, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edward Lamb, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Jo Lamb, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Lamb, who arrived in Virginia in 1642

Lamb Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Margt Lamb, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Abraham Lamb, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • Andrew Lamb, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Nancy and Nellie Lamb, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1736
  • Nancy and Nellie Lamb settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1736

Lamb Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Lamb, who landed in New York in 1811
  • Maria Ann Lamb, who arrived in New York in 1825
  • Henry Lamb, who landed in New York in 1831
  • Catharine Lamb, who arrived in New York in 1837
  • Patrick Lamb, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842

Lamb Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Owen Lamb, who arrived in Colorado in 1906


  • Willis Eugene Lamb Jr. (1913-2008), American physicist, awarded the 1955 Nobel Prize for Physics
  • Andrew Lamb (b. 1958), American Jazz saxophonist and flutist from Clinton, North Carolina
  • Benjamin "Ben" Lamb (b. 1985), American professional poker player, the 2011 World Series of Poker Player of the Year
  • Brian Patrick Lamb (b. 1941), American founder, executive chairman, retired CEO of C-SPAN, an American cable network, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Humanities Medal
  • Cainon Lamb (b. 1978), American Grammy Award nominated record producer, composer and songwriter
  • Charles Rollinson Lamb (1860-1942), American architect and sculptor who designed the Dewey Arch in 1899
  • Allan Joseph Lamb (b. 1954), England cricketer and captain
  • Andrew Martin Lamb (b. 1942), English writer, musicologist and broadcaster
  • Edmund George Lamb (1863-1925), English landowner, colliery proprietor, and politician, Member of Parliament for Leominster (1906-1910)
  • Elizabeth Lamb (1750-1818), Viscountess Melbourne, mother of William Lamb, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom



  • The Lambs of Lanarkshire and their Descendants in America by Mary Grant Charles.
  • The Family History of William Faris of Washington County, Ohio and the Fraser, McKenzie, Lamb and Graham Families by Joy Gibbony.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute et fide
Motto Translation: By valour and faith.


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The Lamb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lamb Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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