lapham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French region of Savoie is the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname lapham. The name lapham is derived from the Old French word "fontaine," which means "fountain," and as a name it no doubt originally served as a mark of recognition for someone who lived near such a landmark. As such, lapham is classed as a topographic surname.

Early Origins of the lapham family

The surname lapham was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this renowned family has held a family seat since ancient times.

Important Dates for the lapham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lapham research. Another 310 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1238, 1339, 1357, 1418, 1551, 1579, 1521, 1621, 1696, 1731, 1789, 1816, 1882, 1390, 1450, 1600, 1621, 1695, 1658, 1752, 1685, 1745, 1663 and 1702 are included under the topic Early lapham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lapham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lafontaine, Lafontain, Lafantaine, Fontaine, Fantaine, Fontain, Fontein, Fantein, Fantaine, Fonteyn, Lafonteyn, Lafon and many more.

Early Notables of the lapham family (pre 1700)

Notable in the family name at this time was Pierre Fontaine (c. 1390-1450), a French composer and singer, who served in the chapel of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy; François Lafontaine , Lord of Mézeyrac during the 1600's; Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695), a French poet and man of letters, considered one of the great French classical authors; Jean Desfontaines (c. 1658-1752), a French Baroque...
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lapham migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lapham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Lapham, who landed in New England in 1634 [1]
  • Richard Lapham, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Thomas Lapham, who arrived in New England in 1668 [1]
lapham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Aaron Lapham, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864 [1]

lapham migration to Australia

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

lapham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Lapham, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

lapham 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:

lapham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Lapham, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "British Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th August 1859 [2]
  • Mrs. Lapham, British settler travelling from London, UK with 12 children aboard the ship "British Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th August 1859 [2]
  • Giles Frank Lapham, aged 21, a tailor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name lapham (post 1700)

  • William Gaius Lapham (1934-2016), American football center
  • Lewis H Lapham (b. 1935), American editor and renowned author, eponym of Lapham's Quarterly
  • David Lapham (b. 1970), Eisner Award winning American comic book writer, artist, and cartoonist
  • Increase Allen Lapham (1811-1875), American author, scientist, and naturalist
  • Elbridge Gerry Lapham (1814-1890), U.S. Senator from New York from 1881-1885
  • Lowell Winship Lapham (b. 1922), American well-known neuropathologist
  • John Lapham Bullis (1841-1911), much-decorated American soldier and later an entrepreneur

Citations

  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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