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When the ancestors of the Lomax family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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]

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Lomax has been recorded under many different variations, including Lomax, Lomas, Loomas, Loomis, Lummis, Lummus and others.

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]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lomax research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1602 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Lomax History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Lomax family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Lomaxs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Lomax Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Lomax, on record in Maryland in 1664
  • Blanch Lomax, who settled in Maryland in 1668
  • Blanch Lomax, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Cleborne Lomax, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Lomax Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Lomax, who arrived in Virginia in 1729
  • Lunsford Lomax, who settled in Augusta Co. Virginia in 1758

Lomax Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Lomax, aged 24, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Richard Lomax, who arrived in New York in 1854
  • Mary Ann Lomax, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1854
  • James Lomax, aged 26, landed in New York in 1854
  • Charles, John, Robert, and Thomas Lomax all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860


Lomax Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Peter Lomax, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia

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  • William H. Lomax, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 15th District, 1924
  • Terrance J. Lomax Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 14th District, 1942
  • Tennent Lomax (1858-1902), American Democrat politician, Secretary of Alabama Democratic Party, 1878-88; Montgomery County Solicitor, 1887-1902; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1888, 1896, 1900
  • Hutson J. Lomax, American politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention from Abbeville County, 1868
  • Howard Lomax, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1891
  • Franklin F. Lomax, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Bradford County, 1901-04
  • E. M. Lomax, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1912
  • Dervy A. Lomax, American politician, Mayor of College Park, Maryland, 1973-75
  • Carolyn Payne Lomax, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Almena Lomax, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1952

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  • Samuel Lomax and his Descendants by John B. Lomax.
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  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)

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Lomax Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lomax 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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