L'ambert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the L'ambert family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Old German personal name Lambert or Lanbert. These names are both composed of the elements land, which means land or territory and berht, which means bright or famous.

"Lambeth is a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, a corruption of lam-hithe, signifying the loam-hithe or muddy landing-place, and making one of the chief hithes or landing places on the banks of the Thames in Anglo-Saxon times." [1]

Jaenbert, Janbriht, Jambert, Genberht, Lambert or Lanbriht (d. 791), was Archbishop of Canterbury, consecrated abbot of St. Augustine's at Canterbury in 760, and was regarded with friendship by Eadbert, king of Kent. "When foiled in his attempt to secure the body of Archbishop Bregwin for burial in his monastery, he appealed against the claim of the monks of Christ Church. His resolute behaviour excited the admiration of his opponents; they knew that he was prudent and able, and they had, it is said, no fancy for defending their claim at Rome. Accordingly they elected him to the vacant archbishopric, and he appears to have been consecrated on Septuagesima Sunday, 2 Feb. 766, and to have received the pall from Pope Paul I, probably in the course of 767." [2]

"Lambert, Lanbert 'land-bright', a popular name from the 12th century, [was] probably introduced from Flanders where St Lambert of Maestricht was highly venerated." [3]

Early Origins of the L'ambert family

The surname L'ambert was first found in Surrey where they were descended from the ancient Count of Mons and Louvain, born 940 A.D. died 1004. His three sons were Baldwin, Ralph, and Hugh Lambert. Accompanying Duke William to England at the Battle of Hastings, a Norman chief, Haco Lambert acquired lands from Duke William and is recorded in the Domesday Book.

Descended was Henry Fitz Lambert living in 1235 who was a benefactor of the church at Lincoln. Early records of the family were found the in the parish of Kirkby in Malham Dale in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

"The church is a large and handsome building, of the style that prevailed in the reign of Henry VII., and is the burial-place of the Lambert family, of whom General Lambert was distinguished, on the side of Cromwell, in the civil war." [4]

Early History of the L'ambert family

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L'ambert Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Lambert, Lambard, Lamberth and others.

Early Notables of the L'ambert family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Lambarde, and English draper who served three times as Master of the Drapers' Company, an alderman and a sheriff of London; and his son, William Lambarde (1536-1601), an English antiquarian, writer on legal subjects, and politician; John Lambert (1619-1684), an English Parliamentary general and politician, imprisoned in the Tower of...
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Ireland Migration of the L'ambert family to Ireland

Some of the L'ambert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States L'ambert migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name L'ambert or a variant listed above:

L'ambert Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Lambert, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 [5]
  • Miss Ann Lambert, British settler traveling aboard the ship "John of London" arriving in Boston, Massachuetts in 1638 [6]
  • Mr. Francis Lambert, (b. 1600), aged 38, British settler traveling aboard the ship "John of London" arriving in Boston, Massachuetts in 1638 [6]
  • Mrs. Jane Lambert, (nee Barker), British settler traveling aboard the ship "John of London" arriving in Boston, Massachuetts in 1638 [6]
  • Mr. John Lambert, British settler traveling aboard the ship "John of London" arriving in Boston, Massachuetts in 1638 [6]
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L'ambert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Simon Lambert, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [5]
  • Tho Lambert, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [5]
  • William Lambert, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]
  • Johanah Lambert, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]
  • Jacques Lambert, aged 24, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [5]
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L'ambert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Lambert, who landed in New York in 1804 [5]
  • Robert Lambert, who arrived in America in 1806 [5]
  • Anne Lambert, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [5]
  • Juan Santiago Lambert, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 [5]
  • Margaret Lambert, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [5]
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L'ambert Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bridget Mary Lambert, who landed in Alabama in 1927 [5]
  • Mary Mechtelds Lambert, who arrived in Alabama in 1927 [5]

Canada L'ambert migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

L'ambert Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Lambert, who arrived in Canada in 1663
  • Eustache Lambert, son of Eustache and Marie, who married Marie Vanneck in Contrecoeur, Quebec on 31st January 1682 [7]
L'ambert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Lambert, son of Aubin and Elisabeth, who married Thérèse Bonhomme, daughter of Nicolas and Louise, in Saint-Foy, Quebec on 29th August 1724 [7]
  • Aubin Lambert, son of Jean and Anne, who married Marguerite Demers, daughter of Joseph and Thérese, in Saint-Nicolas on 15th February 1751 [7]
  • Mr. John Lambert U.E. born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers [8]
  • Corpl. Cornelius Lambert U.E. (b. 1757) born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Rangers, married to Elizabeth Matthews having 9 children, he died in 1818 [8]
  • Mr. David Lambert U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1786 [8]
L'ambert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Francis Lambert, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Jane Lambert, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Patrick Lambert, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Lady Douglas" from New Ross
  • Ms. Alice Lambert, aged 21 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Flora Hastings" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [9]
  • Miss. Mary Lambert, aged 18 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Flora Hastings" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [9]
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Australia L'ambert migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

L'ambert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Lambert, British Convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • Mr. Alexander Lambert, (b. 1812), aged 15, British Labourer who was convicted in Surrey, England for life for attempted murder, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Thomas Lambert, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [12]
  • Miss Mary Lambert, Sr., (b. 1788), aged 44, English maid who was convicted in Shropshire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Diana" on 4th December 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1861 [13]
  • Mr. Edward Lambert, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [14]
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New Zealand L'ambert migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

L'ambert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Lambert, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Lambert, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Lambert, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • Belinda Lambert, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • William Lambert, aged 12, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
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West Indies L'ambert migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [15]
L'ambert Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Charles Lambert, aged 23, settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Charles Lambert, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Charles Lambert, aged 23, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [5]
  • Mr. Charles Lambert, (b. 1612), aged 23, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [16]
  • Arthur Lambert, who settled in Barbados in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name L'ambert (post 1700) +

  • Miranda Leigh Lambert (b. 1983), American country music singer and songwriter. She finished in third place on the television program Nashville Star, She has been honored by the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association Awards. Lambert has been honored with more Academy of Country Music Awards than any artist in history
  • Albert Lambert (1875-1946), American Olympic sliver medalist for golf at the 1904 games
  • Benjamin J. Lambert III (1937-2014), American optometrist and politician, elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Carpenter Lambert (1894-1982), American fighter ace who flew in World War I and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Gavin Lambert (1924-2005), British-born screenwriter, novelist, and biographer
  • Percy Edgar Lambert (1881-1913), first person to drive an automobile a hundred miles in an hour
  • Francois "Frank" Lambert (1851-1937), French-born, American inventor best known today for making the second-oldest playable sound recording (1878), on his own version of the phonograph
  • Adam Lambert (b. 1982), American recording artist and stage actor
  • Richard David Lambert (b. 1923), prominent American social scientist
  • Jean Denise Lambert (b. 1950), English politician, Green party member of the European Parliament for London (1999-)
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HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas W Lambert (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
RMS Lusitania
  • Master William Patrick Lambert, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mrs. Delia Lambert, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [18]


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  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 6th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  7. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1827
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Diana
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  15. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  16. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  17. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  18. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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