Show ContentsLemond History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname Lemond is derived from the Gaelic name "MacErcharwhich" which comes from the Old Norman "Logmadr." Both words mean "the law man." The Clan's early history is linked with an ancient King of Dalriada, Comgall, who was killed in 537 AD. It is from this king that the district of Cowal received its name. The Kindred of Comgall (Clan Lamont) is mentioned in the 7th century records Senchus Fern Alban (an account of the men of Scotland) and the earliest territories of the Clan included the island of Bute and Arran.

Early Origins of the Lemond family

The surname Lemond was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they were granted lands by King David. One of the first known records is of John Lamont, who, in 1296, rendered homage to King Edward I of England during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland. John Lamont is described as Chief of the Clan Lamont, son of Lagman, who was son of Gilcom M'Ferchar. His brother, Molmure, also a knight, married Christina, daughter of Alexander in 1290. However, earlier records show a reference to a Ladhmunn who was son of David, the son of King Malcolm III of Scotland. The link between Ladhmunn and Ferchar, a Chief in Cowal about 1200, is not clear, even though this Ferchar had two sons, Duncan and Malcolm, both of whom granted lands to the monks at Paisley. By this time the Clan had developed branches at Perth, Argyll, the Clan seat at Cowal, and was establishing its Castles at Toward and Ascog.

Early History of the Lemond family

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Lemond Spelling Variations

Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Lemond has also been spelled Lamont, Lamonte, Lamond, Lammon, Lamon, Lamount and many more.

Early Notables of the Lemond family (pre 1700)

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Lemond Ranking

In the United States, the name Lemond is the 18,130th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Lemond family to Ireland

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

Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Lemond, or a variant listed above:

Lemond Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Geo Lemond, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • John Lemond, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • Mary Lemond, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
Lemond Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Lemond, aged 54, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Burkhard Lemond, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Lemond Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lizzie Lemond, aged 14, who immigrated to America from Cheltenham, in 1901
  • Felix Lemond, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Robert Lemond, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1922

Australia Lemond migration to Australia +

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

Lemond Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Lemond, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lemond (post 1700) +

  • Robert West LeMond Jr. (1913-2008), American radio and television announcer best known as the voice who announced for the television shows Leave It to Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet
  • Gregory James LeMond (b. 1961), American former professional road bicycle racer and a three-time winner of the Tour de France

The Lemond Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ne parcas nec spernas
Motto Translation: Neither spare nor dispose.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from on Facebook