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Where did the English Lomas family come from? What is the English Lomas family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lomas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lomas family history?Lomas is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lomas family lived in a place named Lomax that was located near Bury in Lancashire. During the Middle Ages, the name was recorded as Lumhalghs, a place-name derived from the Old English words lum which means pool, and halh, which means nook or recess.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Lomas include Lomax, Lomas, Loomas, Loomis, Lummis, Lummus and others.
First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times. It is thought that the ancestors of the bearers of Lomas predated Duke William of Normandy and the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lomas research. Another 300 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1602, and 1674 are included under the topic Early Lomas History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Lomas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Lomas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Lomass to arrive on North American shores:
Lomas Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Lomas Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Lomas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lomas 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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