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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Irish, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Lamb family come from? What is the Scottish 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?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lamb, Lambe, Lam, Mclamb and others.

First found in Northumberland, where they were Lords of the manor of West Denton. The earliest record of this name in Scotland appears to be of Adam Lamb of Sympering, who witnessed a charter of lands in Grayden in c. 1288.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lamb research. Another 321 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1296, 1376, 1392, 1486, 1565, 1634, 1607, 1619, 1619 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Lamb History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 27 words(2 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 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • William Lamb (1779-1848), British statesman, 2nd Viscount Melbourne and Prime Minister who exerted an early influence on Queen Victoria
  • Lady Caroline Lamb (1785-1828), British novelist and poet, wife of William Lamb, best known for her affair with Lord Byron in 1812
  • Henry Lamb (1885-1960), Australian born, British painter, who was the official war artist for England in WWII
  • Charles Lamb (1775-1834), British essayist and critic, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare



  • 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: Palma non sine pulvere
Motto Translation: The palm is not obtained without labour.


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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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