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The earliest origins of the name Lima date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Leman, which was taken from the personal name Liefman.

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The surname Lima was first found in Suffolk at Wenhaston, a parish, in the union and hundred of Blything. "The family of Leman had a [family] seat here. The church is an ancient structure in the decorated English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains several monuments to the Leman family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Lima include Leaman, Leamen, Leman, Lemon, Lemmon, Leemon, Limon and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lima research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1616, 1616, 1667, 1645, 1660, 1637, 1701, 1690, 1695 and are included under the topic Early Lima History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Leman, Lord Mayor of London in 1616; Sir William Leman, 1st Baronet (died 1667), an English politician who sat in the House of...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lima Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Lima family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lima or a variant listed above:

Lima Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Simon Lima, who arrived in New York in 1825
  • Gonzalo De Lima, who landed in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1834
  • Manuel Lima, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860
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  • Helen Lima (1917-2005), American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • Gail Lima, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • Charlene Lima, American Democrat politician, Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives 14th District; Elected 2002
  • Albert Jason Lima (1907-1989), American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 1st District, 1940, 1942; Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • Frank De Lima, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • Aparecido Francisco de Lima (b. 1981), Brazilian football striker
  • Brian Lima (b. 1972), former Samoan rugby union footballer, inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Salvatore "Salvo" Lima (1928-1992), Italian politician from Sicily who was murdered by the Mafia
  • Josť Desiderio Rodriguez Lima (1972-2010), Dominican Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Lima Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lima 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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