Show ContentsLambright History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Lambright family are found in the ancient German state of Bavaria. Lambright is one of the most common styles of German surname, that of patronymics and matronymics - names derived from the given names of the father or mother of their original bearers. Lambright is derived from the Old Germanic name Landbehrt, which means shining land or holy land. The name Lambert, with its many regional variations, was popular both as a first and last name throughout the Middle Ages. This was partly owing to the fame of Bishop Lambertus von Maastricht who lived in the 8th century.

Early Origins of the Lambright family

The surname Lambright was first found in Franconia, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name Lambrecht with its many regional variations was much loved both as a first and last name throughout the Middle Ages. This was partly owing to the fame of Bishop Lambertus von Maastricht who lived around 700 AD. The oldest Germanic variation is Land-behrt, meaning literally "shining-land" or "holy-land." The variation Lamprecht especially became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts of the Middle Ages, where each group sought power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Lambright family

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Lambright Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Lambright include Lambrecht, Lampert (Northern Germany), Lamprecht (Southern Germany), Lamrecht, Lambreckt, Lamreckt and many more.

Early Notables of the Lambright family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Lambright in this period include Lambert of Hersfeld (d.1088), a German chronicler and historian, who was a Thuringian by birth and became a Benedictine monk. Francis Lambert (1486-1530) was a Protestant reformer who became head of theological faculty in Marburg. Jan Baptist Lambrechts (1680-c.1731) was a Flemish painter mainly...
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Lambright Ranking

In the United States, the name Lambright is the 16,464th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Lambright migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Lambright Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anthony Lambright, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 [2]
  • George Lambright, who arrived in America in 1798 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lambright (post 1700) +

  • James Ralph Lambright (1942-2020), American football player and head coach at the University of Washington for six seasons, from 1993 to 1998
  • James H. Lambright, American lawyer, the 22nd Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • James "Jim" Lambright (b. 1942), former American football player and coach
  • Maxie T. Lambright (1924-1980), American head football coach of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team from 1967–1978
  • Leslie Lambright Simpson, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1972 [3]

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook