Lemma History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Lemma. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Lemma family lived in Milan. Originally, Lama was a Spanish local name for someone who lived on a patch of marshland, and it was originally derived from the Late Latin word Lama, which means marshland.

Early Origins of the Lemma family

The surname Lemma was first found in 1552 when Leonardo Lana was Bishop of Budua.

Early History of the Lemma family

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Lemma Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Lemma include Lami, Lamma, Lamieri, Lana, Lanna, Lanino and others.

Early Notables of the Lemma family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Bernardino Lanino, a 16th century painter whose most famous work lies in the Church of San Nazaro Maggiore in Milan and is entitled the Martyrdom of Saint Catherine. Giulio Lana was Bishop of Vulturara in 1607. Celso di Ferrando Lana was granted the title of Knight...
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United States Lemma migration to the United States +

Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Lemma family to immigrate North America:

Lemma Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Grazia Lemma, aged 23, originally from Barletta, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "America" from Napoli, Italy [1]
  • Maria Lemma, aged 58, originally from Polistena, Reggio, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Regina d'Italia" from Napoli, Italy [2]
  • Vincenzo Lemma, aged 23, originally from Ardore, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "America" from Napoli, Italy [3]

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