Show ContentsLamby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lamby family

The surname Lamby was first found in Northumberland where Robert and Henry Lambi were recorded in the Pipe Rolls of 1203. 1

At about the same time a little further north in Scotland, it was "a name once of good repute as a native name in Angus, though those who bear it in modern times have sought a French origin, and spell it L'Ami. Henry Lambi was a charter witness in Dundee, 1281. Gilbert Lamby and John Lamby were members of inquest made at St. Andrews in 1302-1203." 2

Early History of the Lamby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lamby research. Another 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1302, 1364, 1372, 1401, 1527, 1533, 1542, 1561, 1564, 1565, 1613, 1617, 1628, 1730 and 1772 are included under the topic Early Lamby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lamby Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Lamby family

Notable among the family at this time was

  • Andrew Lamby who was one of those accused of part in the murder of David Riccio in 1565. Born in 1533, he was secretary to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots

United States Lamby migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lamby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Lamby, aged 34, who arrived in Texas in 1848 aboard the ship "John Holland"

West Indies Lamby migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 3
Lamby Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Joshua Lamby, who settled in Barbados in 1663

The Lamby 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: Per varios casus
Motto Translation: By various fortunes.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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