Show ContentsLaming History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Laming emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Laming is derived from the Old French name Lambert. This is derived from the Old German names Lambert and Lanbert, which literally mean land-bright. The surname Laming is derived from the pet form Lamb, and features the diminutive suffix -in. [1]

"The 'g' in Laming, &c, is excrescent, and the 'p' for 'b' in Lampin is a common exchange." [2]

Early Origins of the Laming family

The surname Laming was first found in Kent where as a forename, Lambin Frese was listed in the Pipe Rolls in 1181. The Latin form of the name Lambinus was later listed in Kent in 1197 and in the Curia Regis Rolls for Cambridgeshire in 1221. Later again, Robert Lambin was registered in the Subsidy Rolls for London in 1292. John Lanbyn was found in the Feet of Fines for Suffolk in 1302 and in Berkshire in 1305. [3]

"Lambyn Clay played before the King at Westminster, at the great festival in 1306 (Popular Music of the Olden Time, Chappell, i. 29'). Later the 'b' has been dropped, and Laming or Lamming are the usual forms, especially in Lincolnshire, where Lambert (owing to Flemish immigration) was exceedingly common in the surname period." [2]

The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III listed Henry Lambin, London, 20 Edward I; and Edmund Lambin, London. [2]

In Scotland, "Lambyn Asa had a grant of the lands of Draffan and Dardarach, c. 1147-1160. He gave name to the manor of Lamington in Lanarkshire. William, son of Lambyn, held a toft in Perth, c. 1200." [4]

Farther to the south in the parish of Linkinghorne, Cornwall "the monks seem to have held the great tithes until the Reformation; soon after which they became vested in the family of Lampen, by whom those on the eastern side of the Lynher were sold about the year 1680 to the family of CloBerry. " [5]

"The manor of Padreda, [in the parish Linkinghorne, Cornwall] of which contained a seat of the Lampens, was sold by that family about the year 1680; soon after which it lost its manorial rights." [5]

Early History of the Laming family

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Laming Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Lambin, Lampen, Lampin, Lamin, Laming, Lammin, Lamming, Lambing, Lamping, Lambyn, Lamyn, Lambingham, Lammin and many more.

Early Notables of the Laming family (pre 1700)

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United States Laming migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Laming:

Laming Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Laming, aged 45, who landed in America from Gillingham England, in 1907
  • George Laming, aged 31, who settled in America from Canterbury, England, in 1909
  • Whitsed Laming, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Sarah Jane Laming, aged 38, who settled in America from Lucester, England, in 1911
  • Alfred Thomas Laming, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Maidstone, England, in 1911
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Australia Laming migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Laming Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Henry Laming, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

West Indies Laming 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. [6]
Laming Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Edward Laming to Barbados in 1658

Contemporary Notables of the name Laming (post 1700) +

  • The Very Rev Frank Fairbairn Laming (1953-1966), Scottish Anglican priest, Provost of St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow
  • Richard Laming (1798-1879), British surgeon, natural philosopher, inventor, chemist and industrialist from Margate, England
  • Bruce Laming, former Australian Liberal Party politician in the Queensland parliament
  • William Herbert Laming CBE (b. 1936), Baron Laming, British social worker and Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords
  • Andrew Charles Laming (b. 1966), Australian politician, member of the House of Representatives

The Laming 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: Agnus Dei mihi salus
Motto Translation: The lamb of God is my salvation

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
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