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Origins Available: English, Irish, Scottish

The name lambe is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a gentle-hearted person. The surname lambe 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.


The surname lambe 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.

lambe has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Lamb, Lambe, Lam and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lambe research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1450, 1504, 1715, 1715, 1545, 1628 and are included under the topic Early lambe History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 135 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lambe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the lambe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first lambes to arrive on North American shores:

lambe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Abra Lambe, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Jno Lambe, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

lambe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Lambe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Adam Lambe, who settled in Philadelphia in 1749
  • Adam Lambe settled in Philadelphia in 1749
  • Christian Lambe, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786-1808

lambe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Fountaine Lambe, who landed in New York in 1825
  • Nenom Lambe, who landed in Mississippi in 1835
  • Pat Lambe, who arrived in Arkansas in 1874
  • Pat Lambe, who was naturalized in Arkansas in 1874

lambe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Lambe, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1825
  • Michael Lambe settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1825

lambe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Anna Lambe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Helena" in 1850
  • Decimas Lambe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851


  • Lawrence Morris Lambe (1849-1934), Canadian paleontologist from the Geological Survey of Canada who first described the diverse and plentiful dinosaur discoveries from the fossil beds in Alberta
  • Air Vice Marshal Sir Charles Laverock Lambe KCB, CMG, DSO, RAF (1875-1953), Royal Air Force air marshal
  • Admiral of the Fleet Sir Charles Lambe GCB, CVO (1900-1960), Royal Navy admiral, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff from 1959 until 1960
  • Reggie Lambe (b. 1991), Bermudian professional footballer


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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The lambe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lambe 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.

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