The name Lemas has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon
name that was originally derived from the given name Clement which means the son of Clement.
The name is from Latin origin and applies to a mild or merciful
individual. It gained popularity in Medieval Europe when it was borne by an early saint who was a disciple of St. Paul, and later when the name was used by several early popes.
Early Origins of the Lemas family
The surname Lemas was first found in Brecknock, in the Welsh
princedom of Powys
, located in the border country between Wales
. A bearer of Clement is said to have arrived in the Norman Conquest
with Bernard Newmarche. Together they later fought in Brecon where they conquered the Lordship of Caron; after this battle Clement was given land at Llangorse Lake and at Cathedine.
There is a record of a grant of these lands to Geoffrey Clement made at Westminster by Edward 1 on the 10th February 1290. There has also long been a family of this name in Oxfordshire, where record of the Templars show William and Richard Clement in 1153, and Robertus Clemens in 1155.
Early History of the Lemas family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lemas research.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1210, 1233, 1273, 1379, 1489, 1685, 1742, 1258, 1594, 1660, 1660, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Lemas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lemas Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Lemas include Clements, Clement, Clemens, Climer and others.
Early Notables of the Lemas family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Clement of Dunblane (d. 1258), a Dominican friar, and close associate of King Alexander II of Scotland
, who was made Bishop of Dunblane; and... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lemas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lemas family to Ireland
Some of the Lemas family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lemas family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Lemas Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Lemas, aged 25, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1864
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