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Origins Available: English, French, Scottish


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The surname lamay was first found in Sussex, where a Norman noble was granted lands.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lambie, Lamby, L'Ami, Lammie, L'Amy, Lampe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lamay research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1281 and 1302 are included under the topic Early lamay History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early lamay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Lambi, who settled in Philadelphia in 1874; Joshua Lamby settled in Barbados in 1663; Adam and Marg Lamby arrived in Texas in 1848.

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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: Per varios casus
Motto Translation: By various fortunes.

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  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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The lamay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lamay 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 23 January 2013 at 16:31.

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