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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, Spanish


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During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Lerma occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Learmont, Learmonth, Learmond, Leirmonth, Larmonth, Lermont and many more.

First found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lerma research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lerma History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Lerma Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Lerma, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Lerma Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gonzalo De Lerma, who arrived in America in 1827
  • Juan De Lerma, who landed in America in 1828
  • Pedro De Lerma, who arrived in America in 1828
  • Andry Lerma, aged 38, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Gregorio Lerma, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1881


Lerma Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mariano Lerma, aged 14, who settled in America from Havana, Cuba, in 1907
  • Schmul Lerma, aged 25, who landed in America from Buzan, Russia, in 1907
  • Joaquena Ade Lerma, aged 40, who landed in America from Havana, Cuba, in 1911
  • Catalina Lerma, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Havana, Cuba, in 1911
  • Martin Lerma, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Havana, Cuba, in 1917


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  • Arnaldo "Arnie" Pagliarini Lerma (b. 1950), American writer and activist
  • Steve Lerma, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Joan Lerma i Blasco (b. 1951), Spanish politician for the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
  • Miguel A Lerma, Spanish member of Northwestern University (Illinois), Department of Mathematics (1998-)


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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: Spero
Motto Translation: I hope.

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  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Lerma Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lerma Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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