Show ContentsLamport History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lamport came to England with the ancestors of the Lamport family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from 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 Lamport family

The surname Lamport 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 Lamport family

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Lamport Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lamport family name include Lambert, Lambard, Lamberth and others.

Early Notables of the Lamport 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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Ireland Migration of the Lamport family to Ireland

Some of the Lamport family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Lamport migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Lamport family to immigrate North America:

Lamport Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F. W. Lamport, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
  • Mrs. Lamport, aged 58, who settled in America, in 1895
Lamport Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hiram Lamport, aged 85, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Benjamin Lamport, aged 40, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • Frank Lamport, aged 25, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Jacob Lamport, aged 29, who settled in America from England, in 1912
  • Clara Alice Lamport, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lamport (post 1700) +

  • Paul H. Lamport (1907-1984), American developer and civic leader in Hollywood, California
  • William Henry Lamport (1811-1891), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Felicia Lamport (1916-1999), American poet and satirist
  • Leslie Lamport (b. 1941), American computer scientist, the initial developer of LaTeX
  • Sir Stephen Mark Jeffrey Lamport KCVO, DL,, English Receiver General of Westminster Abbey
  • Sir Stephen Mark Jeffrey Lamport G.C.V.O., K.C.V.O., D.L., (b. 1951), British former Receiver General of Westminster Abbey, appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order on 8th June 2018 [5]
  • Allan Austin Lamport CM (1903-1999), Canadian politician, Mayor of Toronto, from 1952 to 1954

  1. Hargrave, Basil, Origins and Meanings of Popular Phrases & Names. London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd, Cobham House, 24 and 26 Black Friars Lane, 1949. Print
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, on Facebook