lamm History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name lamm come from its first bearer, who was a gentle-hearted person. The surname lamm originally derived from a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. As a nickname surname it could refer either directly or indirectly to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Another source claims that "the name was probably taken from the sign of a lamb at an inn, the young of the sheep kind." [1] And yet another source claims that the name was a baptismal name as in " 'the son of Lambert,' from Lamb the nickname." [2] [3]

Early Origins of the lamm family

The surname lamm was first found in Northumberland where they were Lords of the manor of West Denton; although, the earliest recorded record of this surname found was of Edward, Wulmar Lamb, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Kent in 1195. [3]

The name was "pretty well dispersed over England, except in the south coast counties from Devon to Kent. At present it is most numerous in the north of England, in the counties of Northumberland and Durham." [4]

Other early records of the family include listings as they appeared in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: William le Lambe, Cambridgeshire; Richard le Lam, Northamptonshire; and Ingrida Lomb, Huntingdonshire. [2]

Important Dates for the lamm family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lamm research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1450, 1504, 1715, 1715, 1545, 1628 and are included under the topic Early lamm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lamm Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. lamm has been spelled many different ways, including Lamb, Lambe, Lam and others.

Early Notables of the lamm family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Walter Lambe (1450-1504), an English composer, many of his works appear in the Eton Chioirbook; Benjamin Lamb ( fl. 1715), an English organist of Eton College and verger of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, c. 1715; and John Lambe (or Lamb) (c.1545-1628), English astrologer who served...
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lamm Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the lamm family to Ireland

Some of the lamm family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lamm migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first lamms to arrive in North America:

lamm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Lamm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [5]
lamm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Lamm, aged 22, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [5]
  • Michaelis Lamm, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [5]
lamm Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Charley Lamm, who landed in Wisconsin in 1918 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name lamm (post 1700)

  • Robert William Lamm (b. 1944), American keyboardist, singer and songwriter, founding member of the rock band Chicago
  • Emile Lamm (1834-1873), French-born, American inventor and dentist
  • Jan Peder Lamm (b. 1935), Swedish archaeologist
  • August Uno Lamm (1904-1989), Swedish electrical engineer and inventor
  • Heinrich Lamm, German physician, pioneer in optical fibres


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. 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. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
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