lamont History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname lamont is derived from the Gaelic name "MacErcharwhich" which comes from the Old Norman "Logmadr." Both words mean "the law man." The Clan's early history is linked with an ancient King of Dalriada, Comgall, who was killed in 537 AD. It is from this king that the district of Cowal received its name. The Kindred of Comgall ( Clan Lamont) is mentioned in the 7th century records Senchus Fern Alban (an account of the men of Scotland) and the earliest territories of the Clan included the island of Bute and Arran.

Early Origins of the lamont family

The surname lamont was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they were granted lands by King David. One of the first known records is of John Lamont, who, in 1296, rendered homage to King Edward I of England during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland. John Lamont is described as Chief of the Clan Lamont, son of Lagman, who was son of Gilcom M'Ferchar. His brother, Molmure, also a knight, married Christina, daughter of Alexander in 1290. However, earlier records show a reference to a Ladhmunn who was son of David, the son of King Malcolm III of Scotland. The link between Ladhmunn and Ferchar, a Chief in Cowal about 1200, is not clear, even though this Ferchar had two sons, Duncan and Malcolm, both of whom granted lands to the monks at Paisley. By this time the Clan had developed branches at Perth, Argyll, the Clan seat at Cowal, and was establishing its Castles at Toward and Ascog.

Early History of the lamont family

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lamont Spelling Variations

Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name lamont has also been spelled Lamont, Lamonte, Lamond, Lammon, Lamon, Lamount and many more.

Early Notables of the lamont family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the lamont family to Ireland

Some of the lamont family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States lamont migration to the United States +

Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name lamont, or a variant listed above:

lamont Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Lamont, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • Alice Lamont, who settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1767
  • Jannct Lamont, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1775 [1]
lamont Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adelaide Lamont, who settled in New York in 1831
  • Agnus Lamont, who settled in New York in 1832
  • John Lamont, who arrived in New York in 1832 [1]
  • Daniel Lamont, who landed in Missouri in 1837 [1]
  • Robert Lamont, who landed in New York in 1848 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
lamont Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Rudd Lamont, who arrived in Alabama in 1917 [1]

Canada lamont migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lamont Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Lamont, who arrived in Red River, Canada in 1812
  • Jos Lamont, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Donald Lamont moved from Argyll to Middlesex Co. Ontario in 1820
  • Duncan Lamont moved from Mull to Kingston, Ontario in 1821
  • Archibald Lamont moved from the Island of Mull to Markham Twp. Ontario in 1821
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia lamont migration to Australia +

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

lamont Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Angus Lamont, English convict from Herefordshire, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Peter Lamont, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [3]
  • Peter Lamont, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" [4]
  • Donald Lamont, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"
  • Ann Lamont, aged 18, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand lamont 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:

lamont Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Donald Lamont, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Weymouth" in 1866
  • Margaret Lamont, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Weymouth" in 1866
  • Mr. Donald Lamont, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Weymouth" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 3rd July 1866 [5]
  • Miss Margaret Lamont, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Weymouth" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 3rd July 1866 [5]
  • Mr. Charles Lamont, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Edward Bouverie" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 10th August 1870 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name lamont (post 1700) +

  • Peter Lamont (b. 1929), American noted set decorator, script editor, art director, and production designer most famous for working on fifteen James Bond films
  • Robert Patterson Lamont (1867-1948), United States Secretary of Commerce from 1929 to 1932
  • Daniel Lamont (1851-1905), U.S. Secretary of War appointed in 1893
  • Charles Lamont (1895-1993), American writer, director and producer of over 200 films
  • Gene WIlliam Lamont (b. 1946), American former catcher and manager in Major League Baseball
  • Mr. Neil John Lamont O.B.E. (b. 1968), born in Dundee, Scotland, Scottish Commander of nuclear deterrent submarine HMS Vengeance (Starboard) for the Royal Navy, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 [7]
  • Byron Lamont (b. 1945), Western Australian botanist
  • Molly Lamont (1910-2001), British film actress
  • John Henderson Lamont (1865-1936), Canadian lawyer, politician, and Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Duncan William Ferguson Lamont (1918-1978), British film and television actor

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Charles Lamont, English Third Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]


The lamont 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: Ne parcas nec spernas
Motto Translation: Neither spare nor dispose.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STANDARD 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1852.shtml.
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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