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Where did the English lamas family come from? When did the lamas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the lamas family history?

The name lamas is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the parish of Lammas in the dioceses of Norwich which was registered in the Domesday Book of 1086, as the holding of Ralph de Beaufour. This place-name may also be associated with the village of Lamarsh in the county of Essex. Lamarsh was recorded as a thriving farming community on lands held by Ranulf Peverel.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like lamas are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name lamas include: Lammas, Lamas, Lammass, Lammasse, Lammesse, Lamnesse, Lammers, Lammis, Lamis and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lamas research. Another 345 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1190, 1248, 1273, 1367, 1620, 1642 and 1360 are included under the topic Early lamas History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lamas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name lamas or a variant listed above:

lamas Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrus Allen Lamas, aged 35, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Manuel LAMAS, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1859
  • Sixto Lamas, who arrived in Pueeto Rico in 1883

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  • Lorenzo Lamas (b. 1958), American actor
  • Carlos Saavedra Lamas (1880-1959), Argentine statesman and foreign minister, who received the Nobel peace prize in 1936
  • Fernando Lamas (1915-1982), Argentine actor and director


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