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

The name lamprey is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Lamprey, located in the county of Devon.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. lamprey has been recorded under many different variations, including Lamprey, Lampree, Lampray, Lanteprey, Lantepray, Lampreye and many more.

First found in Devon, where the name is associated with the village of Lamprey. William Lampreye, who was also recorded as William de Lanteprey, was registered in Devon the Hundred Rolls of 1273.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lamprey research. Another 308 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1524, and 1750 are included under the topic Early lamprey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early lamprey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the lamprey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 119 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name lamprey or a variant listed above:

lamprey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Lamprey, who sailed to Boston in 1635
  • Henry Lamprey, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1653

lamprey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Lamprey to America in 1756

lamprey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Lamprey to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1814
  • J Lamprey, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • F Lamprey, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1836


  • Hugh Lamprey (1928-1996), British ecologist and bush pilot


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The lamprey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lamprey 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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