Show ContentsLampley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Lampley is derived from "Lamplugh," the name of a parish in the English county of Cumberland. The name thus refers to "one who came from Lamplugh." [1]

The parish located in the union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent, [2] dates back to c. 1150 when it was known as Lamplou and literally meant "bare valley," from the Celtic "nant" + "blwch." [3]

Early Origins of the Lampley family

The surname Lampley was first found in Cumberland, on the Scottish-English borders where the family trace back to the time of Henry II. "A race of valourous gentlemen successively for their worthyness knyghted in the field, all of most of them." [4]

The Pipe Rolls of 1181 included what is thought to be the first recording of the family, that of Robert de Lamplo. A few years later, Cristiana de Lamploch was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Cumberland in 1213. [5]

The "Estates and Families of Cumberland" list Robert de Lamplugh, temp. King Henry II and Adam de Lamplugh, temp. King John and later the Writs of Parliament of 1319 includes an entry for Johannes de Lamplogh, Cumberland. [1]

"The Lamploughs or Lamplughs, who are now best represented in the Hull district, possess the name of a Cumberland parish. Thomas Lamplugh, who was Archbishop of York exactly two centuries ago, was descended from a very ancient family in Cumberland, where the Lamplughs had flourished for many centuries with knightly honours. George Lamplugh, merchant, was Lord Mayor of York in 1662, and the name is still in that city." [6]

Early History of the Lampley family

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Lampley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lamplugh, Lampley, Lamply, Lamplue, Lamphier and others.

Early Notables of the Lampley family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir John de Lamplugh of Lamplugh, High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1419; Sir John de Lamplugh of Lamplugh, High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1433; Thomas Lamplugh, High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1465; John Lamplugh, High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1538; Robert Lamplugh, of Dovenby, High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1546; John Lamplugh, High Sheriff of Cumberland...
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Lampley Ranking

In the United States, the name Lampley is the 8,720th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

West Indies Lampley migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [8]
Lampley Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • James Lampley, aged 19, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lampley (post 1700) +

  • Sean Lampley (b. 1979), American former professional basketball player
  • Lemone Lampley (b. 1964), American former basketball player and until 2016 was Assistant Director of Athletic Development at his alma mater, DePaul University
  • Cal Lampley (1924-2006), American composer and record producer from Dunn, North Carolina
  • James Lampley (b. 1949), American sportscaster, news anchor, film producer, and restaurant owner, best known as a blow-by-blow announcer on HBO World Championship Boxing for 30 years
  • William Jerome Lampley (1876-1944), Canadian provincial politician from Alberta who served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1935 to 1940

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  9. 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