laman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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 and Lanbert, 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.

Important Dates for the laman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laman research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1683, and 1840 are included under the topic Early laman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

laman Spelling Variations

Flemish 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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laman migration to the United States

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 [1]

laman 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:

laman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Laman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861

Contemporary Notables of the name laman (post 1700)

  • Samuel Laman Blanchard (1804-1845), commonly known as Laman Blanchard, an English author, born at Great Yarmouth on 15 May 1804, the only son of Samuel Blanchard, a painter and glazier [2]
  • Laman Ingersoll (1805-1863), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County 2nd District, 1851 [3]

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from
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