The distinguished surname laman emerged among the industrious people of Flanders
, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish
and English nations, many Flemish
migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name
. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic
surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish
surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin,
which became very frequent in England
during the 14th century. The surname laman is derived from the Old French name Lambert.
This is derived from the Old German names Lambert
which literally mean land-bright.
The surname laman is derived from the pet form Lamb,
and features the diminutive suffix -in.
Early Origins of the laman family
The surname laman was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where the family held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the laman family
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laman Spelling Variations
surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations
. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish
settlers in England
, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish
names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Lambin, Lampen, Lampin, Lamin, Laming, Lammin, Lamming, Lambing, Lamping, Lambyn, Lamyn, Lambingham, Lammin and many more.
Early Notables of the laman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the laman family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name laman:
laman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Laman, aged 40, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
laman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Laman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
The laman 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: Agnus Dei mihi salus
Motto Translation: The lamb of God is my salvation