Lomas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Lomas is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lomas family lived in a place named Lomax that was located near Bury in Lancashire. During the Middle Ages, the name was recorded as Lumhalghs, a place-name derived from the Old English words lum which means pool, and halh, which means nook or recess. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Lomas family

The surname Lomas was first found in Lancashire where one of the first records of the name was Christopher Lomax of Bury, who was listed there in 1590 in the Wills at Chester (1545-1620.) The same source lists Jeffrey Lomax, of Heap in the same year. [2] Richard Lumas, Lumax and Geoffrey Lomax were listed in 1602, 1622 and 1642 in The Rolls of Burgesses at the Guilds Merchant of the Borough of Preston. John Lummis was listed in the Hearth Tax Returns for Suffolk in 1674. [3] The Preston Guild Rolls also list Oliver Lumas in 1602, Oliver Lumax in 1622. Richard Lumas-jur in 1602 and Richard Lumax-jur in 1622. [2]

Early History of the Lomas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lomas research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1602 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Lomas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lomas Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Lomas include Lomax, Lomas, Loomas, Loomis, Lummis, Lummus and others.

Early Notables of the Lomas family (pre 1700)

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Lomas Ranking

In the United States, the name Lomas is the 6,589th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Lomas family to Ireland

Some of the Lomas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Lomas migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Lomass to arrive on North American shores:

Lomas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Lomas, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [5]
  • William Lomas, who arrived in New York in 1828 [5]
  • Lewis Lomas, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [5]
  • Samuel Lomas, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [5]
  • John Lomas, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [5]

Australia Lomas migration to Australia +

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

Lomas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Lomas, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. John Lomas, British convict who was convicted in Chester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. James Lomas, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [8]
  • Mr. John Lomas, English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Mr. James Lomas, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Lomas migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lomas Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Eliza Lomas, British settler travelling from Portsmouth aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1851 [11]
  • Mr. Richard Lomas, British settler travelling from Portsmouth aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1851 [11]
  • Joseph Lomas, aged 37, a weaver, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Elizabeth Lomas, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Harriett Lomas, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Lomas migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Lomas Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • William Lomas, who settled in Jamaica in 1774

Contemporary Notables of the name Lomas (post 1700) +

  • Stanley A. Lomas (1913-2003), American pioneer in television from 1948
  • Mark Arnold Lomas (b. 1948), former professional American football defensive lineman
  • Christine Lomas, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2008 [13]
  • Anna Lomas, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1944 (alternate), 1952, 1956, 1960; Member of Iowa Republican State Central Committee, 1949 [13]
  • Mark Christopher Lomas (b. 1970), English cricketer
  • Jonathan Lomas (b. 1968), English professional golfer
  • Bill Lomas (1928-2007), English former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
  • Jamie "Jay" Lomas (b. 1980), English actor
  • William "Billy" Lomas (1885-1976), English former footballer
  • Mrs. Susan Jane Lomas B.E.M., British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Young People in Prestwich [14]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-grey
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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