Show ContentsLampert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Lampert is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the Old German personal name Lambert or Lanbert. These names are both composed of the elements land, which means land or territory and berht, which means bright or famous.

"Lambeth is a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, a corruption of lam-hithe, signifying the loam-hithe or muddy landing-place, and making one of the chief hithes or landing places on the banks of the Thames in Anglo-Saxon times." [1]

Jaenbert, Janbriht, Jambert, Genberht, Lambert or Lanbriht (d. 791), was Archbishop of Canterbury, consecrated abbot of St. Augustine's at Canterbury in 760, and was regarded with friendship by Eadbert, king of Kent. "When foiled in his attempt to secure the body of Archbishop Bregwin for burial in his monastery, he appealed against the claim of the monks of Christ Church. His resolute behaviour excited the admiration of his opponents; they knew that he was prudent and able, and they had, it is said, no fancy for defending their claim at Rome. Accordingly they elected him to the vacant archbishopric, and he appears to have been consecrated on Septuagesima Sunday, 2 Feb. 766, and to have received the pall from Pope Paul I, probably in the course of 767." [2]

"Lambert, Lanbert 'land-bright', a popular name from the 12th century, [was] probably introduced from Flanders where St Lambert of Maestricht was highly venerated." [3]

Early Origins of the Lampert family

The surname Lampert was first found in Surrey where they were descended from the ancient Count of Mons and Louvain, born 940 A.D. died 1004. His three sons were Baldwin, Ralph, and Hugh Lambert. Accompanying Duke William to England at the Battle of Hastings, a Norman chief, Haco Lambert acquired lands from Duke William and is recorded in the Domesday Book.

Descended was Henry Fitz Lambert living in 1235 who was a benefactor of the church at Lincoln. Early records of the family were found the in the parish of Kirkby in Malham Dale in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

"The church is a large and handsome building, of the style that prevailed in the reign of Henry VII., and is the burial-place of the Lambert family, of whom General Lambert was distinguished, on the side of Cromwell, in the civil war." [4]

Early History of the Lampert family

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Lampert Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Lambert, Lambard, Lamberth and others.

Early Notables of the Lampert family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Lambarde, and English draper who served three times as Master of the Drapers' Company, an alderman and a sheriff of London; and his son, William Lambarde (1536-1601), an English antiquarian, writer on legal subjects, and politician; John Lambert (1619-1684), an English Parliamentary general and politician, imprisoned in the Tower of...
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Lampert Ranking

In the United States, the name Lampert is the 12,800th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Lampert family to Ireland

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United States Lampert migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Lampert or a variant listed above:

Lampert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Fdwd Lampert, who landed in Virginia in 1739 [6]
  • Hans Michael Lampert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764 [6]
  • Adam Lampert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764 [6]
Lampert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Brenhard Lampert, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [6]
  • Moire Lampert, aged 12, who landed in New York in 1854 [6]
  • Victor Lampert, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1854 [6]
  • Karl Lampert, who landed in America in 1871 [6]

New Zealand Lampert 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:

Lampert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Lampert, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sir George Pollock" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in January 1863 [7]
  • Mrs. Lampert, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sir George Pollock" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in January 1863 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lampert (post 1700) +

  • James Benjamin Lampert (1914-1978), United States Army Lieutenant General, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy (1963-1966), an early pioneer of nuclear weapons and nuclear power
  • Jacob Lampert (1856-1921), English-born, American wealthy cigar manufacturer based in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Harry Lampert (1916-2004), American cartoonist and bridge teacher and writer, artistic co-creator of the DC Comics superhero The Flash
  • Florian Lampert (1863-1930), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin (1918-1930)
  • Edward Scott Lampert (b. 1962), American businessman and investor, current Chairman and CEO of Sears Holdings
  • Bob Lampert, American photographer who has been awarded two Emmy Awards (1982-1987) and four Golden Mike Awards (1969-1975 and 1982), a Sigma Delta Chi Award in Journalism and a State Bar of California Award for Administration of Justice reporting
  • Zohra Lampert (b. 1937), American actress, best remembered for her starring role in the 1971 cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death, nd for her co-starring role alongside Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in the 1961 romance film Splendor in the Grass
  • James Lampert, American appointed Vice-President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972
  • Laurence Lampert (b. 1941), Canadian philosopher and leading scholar in the field of Nietzsche studies
  • Irwin E. Lampert, Canadian jurist, Judge of the Provincial Court of New Brunswick
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  6. 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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