Lameth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Lameth is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Lameth is a name that comes from the Old German personal name Lambert or Lanbert. These names are both composed of the elements land, which means land or territory and berht, which means bright or famous.

"Lambeth is a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, a corruption of lam-hithe, signifying the loam-hithe or muddy landing-place, and making one of the chief hithes or landing places on the banks of the Thames in Anglo-Saxon times." [1]

Jaenbert, Janbriht, Jambert, Genberht, Lambert or Lanbriht (d. 791), was Archbishop of Canterbury, consecrated abbot of St. Augustine's at Canterbury in 760, and was regarded with friendship by Eadbert, king of Kent. "When foiled in his attempt to secure the body of Archbishop Bregwin for burial in his monastery, he appealed against the claim of the monks of Christ Church. His resolute behaviour excited the admiration of his opponents; they knew that he was prudent and able, and they had, it is said, no fancy for defending their claim at Rome. Accordingly they elected him to the vacant archbishopric, and he appears to have been consecrated on Septuagesima Sunday, 2 Feb. 766, and to have received the pall from Pope Paul I, probably in the course of 767." [2]

"Lambert, Lanbert 'land-bright', a popular name from the 12th century, [was] probably introduced from Flanders where St Lambert of Maestricht was highly venerated." [3]

Early Origins of the Lameth family

The surname Lameth was first found in Surrey where they were descended from the ancient Count of Mons and Louvain, born 940 A.D. died 1004. His three sons were Baldwin, Ralph, and Hugh Lambert. Accompanying Duke William to England at the Battle of Hastings, a Norman chief, Haco Lambert acquired lands from Duke William and is recorded in the Domesday Book.

Descended was Henry Fitz Lambert living in 1235 who was a benefactor of the church at Lincoln. Early records of the family were found the in the parish of Kirkby in Malham Dale in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

"The church is a large and handsome building, of the style that prevailed in the reign of Henry VII., and is the burial-place of the Lambert family, of whom General Lambert was distinguished, on the side of Cromwell, in the civil war." [4]

Early History of the Lameth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lameth research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1153, 1532, 1536, 1601, 1619, 1684, 1660, 1615, 1659, 1600, 1660, 1628, 1691, 1647, 1649, 1649, 1702, 1742 and are included under the topic Early Lameth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lameth Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lameth family name include Lambert, Lambard, Lamberth and others.

Early Notables of the Lameth family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Lambarde, and English draper who served three times as Master of the Drapers' Company, an alderman and a sheriff of London; and his son, William Lambarde (1536-1601), an English antiquarian, writer on legal subjects, and politician; John Lambert (1619-1684), an English Parliamentary general and politician, imprisoned in the Tower of...
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Ireland Migration of the Lameth family to Ireland

Some of the Lameth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Lameth family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Lameth family to immigrate North America: Anne Lambert, who settled in Virginia in 1653.


Contemporary Notables of the name Lameth (post 1700) +

  • Charles Malo de Lameth, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Alexandre Théodore Victor de Lameth, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]


  1. ^ Hargrave, Basil, Origins and Meanings of Popular Phrases & Names. London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd, Cobham House, 24 and 26 Black Friars Lane, 1949. Print
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 27) Charles Lameth. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 27) Alexandre Lameth. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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