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Early Origins of the Lamkin family

The surname Lamkin was first found in Northumberland, where Lambekyn Flandrensis was registered in 1178 after migrating from Flanders. Later, Lamekin filius Beatricis was registered in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire in 1188, Nicholas Lambekyn in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1301 and John Lamkyn in Colchester in 1379. [1]

By the 13th century the family had branched to London, with Lambekin de Lamburne and Lambekin de Carsell registered there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [2]

Early History of the Lamkin family

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Lamkin 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 Lambkin, Lampkin, Lambking, Lamkin, Lamekin, Lambekin, Lambekyn, Lambkyn, Lamkyn, Lambekynus and many more.

Early Notables of the Lamkin family (pre 1700)

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Lamkin Ranking

In the United States, the name Lamkin is the 9,316th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Lamkin migration to the United States +

An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Lamkin or a variant listed above:

Lamkin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Lamkin, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [4]
Lamkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Lamkin to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • S. Lamkin, from Mexico to San Francisco in 1850 aboard the ship "Camilla"

Contemporary Notables of the name Lamkin (post 1700) +

  • Uel Walter Lamkin (1877-1956), American academic, President of Northwest Missouri State University (1921-1945)
  • Patricia Ann Lamkin (1963-2018), American playwright, singer, songwriter, musician, actor, writer and editor
  • John Tilman Lamkin (1811-1870), Southern United States politician who served in the Confederate States Congress during the American Civil War
  • Hillyer Speed Lamkin (1927-2011), American novelist and playwright, born Monroe, Louisiana, best known for his first novel Tiger in the Garden (1950), often referred to as "the poor man's Truman Capote", recipient of a 1950 O. Henry Award for his short story Comes a Day
  • Gordon Lamkin, American football coach and sports figure
  • William Lamkin, American executive member of the National Council of Churches of the United States

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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) on Facebook