Show ContentsLammas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Lammas come from when the family resided in the parish of Lammas in the dioceses of Norwich which was registered in the Domesday Book of 1086, as the holding of Ralph de Beaufour. This place-name may also be associated with the village of Lamarsh in the county of Essex. Lamarsh was recorded as a thriving farming community on lands held by Ranulf Peverel.

Early Origins of the Lammas family

The surname Lammas was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Lammas family

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Lammas Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Lammas has been recorded under many different variations, including Lammas, Lamas, Lammass, Lammasse, Lammesse, Lamnesse, Lammers, Lammis, Lamis and many more.

Early Notables of the Lammas family

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New Zealand Lammas migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lammas Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Lammas, aged 20, a blacksmith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856 on Facebook