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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. Another source claims that "the name was probably taken from the sign of a lamb at an inn, the young of the sheep kind." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
And yet another source claims that the name was a baptismal name as in " 'the son of Lambert,' from Lamb the nickname." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Lamb Early Origins



The surname Lamb was 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. The name was "pretty well dispersed over England, except in the south coast counties from Devon to Kent. At present it is most numerous in the north of England, in the counties of Northumberland and Durham." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

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Lamb Spelling Variations


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Lamb Spelling Variations



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.

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Lamb Early History


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Lamb Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lamb research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1450, 1504, 1715, 1715, 1545, 1628 and are included under the topic Early Lamb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lamb Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lamb Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Walter Lambe (1450-1504), an English composer, many of his works appear in the Eton Chioirbook; Benjamin Lamb ( fl. 1715), an English organist of Eton College and verger of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, c. 1715; and John Lambe (or Lamb) (c.1545-1628), English astrologer who served...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lamb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lamb In Ireland


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Lamb In Ireland



Some of the Lamb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lamb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lamb Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lamb Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Owen Lamb, who arrived in Colorado in 1906

Lamb Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Lamb settled in Port de Grave, Newfoundland, in 1714
  • Richard Lamb, who settled in Port de Grave, Newfoundland, in 1714
  • Patk Lamb, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Lamb, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Martha Lamb, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lamb Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Lamb, who landed in Canada in 1820
  • Richard Lamb, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Mary Lamb, aged 32, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Margaret Lamb, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Arthur Lamb, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lamb Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Michael and Julia Lamb, who settled in Ontario in 1908

Lamb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Lamb, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Lamb, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Lamb arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
  • Smith Lamb, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Lamb arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lamb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Lamb arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • Mary Anne Lamb arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • Joseph Lamb arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • Harry Lamb arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • Mary Lamb arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lamb (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lamb (post 1700)



  • Ralph Lamb (1927-2015), American lawman who served as Sheriff of Clark County, Nevada for 18 years
  • Charles Rollinson Lamb (1860-1942), American architect and sculptor who designed the Dewey Arch in 1899
  • Cainon Lamb (b. 1978), American Grammy Award nominated record producer, composer and songwriter
  • 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
  • Benjamin "Ben" Lamb (b. 1985), American professional poker player, the 2011 World Series of Poker Player of the Year
  • Andrew Lamb (b. 1958), American Jazz saxophonist and flutist from Clinton, North Carolina
  • Willis Eugene Lamb Jr. (1913-2008), American physicist, awarded the 1955 Nobel Prize for Physics
  • Elizabeth Lamb (1750-1818), Viscountess Melbourne, mother of William Lamb, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Edmund George Lamb (1863-1925), English landowner, colliery proprietor, and politician, Member of Parliament for Leominster (1906-1910)
  • Andrew Martin Lamb (b. 1942), English writer, musicologist and broadcaster
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Lamb Historic Events


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Lamb Historic Events




Flight 191

  • K Lamb, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Bernard S Lamb, British Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Joseph Lamb (d. 1912), aged 30, Irish Second Class passenger from Glencree, Ireland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Lamb


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Suggested Readings for the name Lamb



  • 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.

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Motto


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Motto



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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 7 September 2016 at 09:28.

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