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Where did the English Lomax family come from? What is the English Lomax family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lomax family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lomax family history?

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.


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 they held a family seat from very early times. It is thought that the ancestors of the bearers of Lomax predated Duke William of Normandy and the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lomax research. Another 300 words(21 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.


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


Some of the Lomax family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • John Avery Lomax (1867-1948), American forklorist, teacher, a pioneering musicologist, son of Alan Lomax
  • Alan Lomax (1915-2002), American musicologist, known for recording early US folk music
  • Neil Lomax (b. 1959), American former NFL football quarterback, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Dr. Michael Lucius Lomax (b. 1947), American President and Chief Executive officer of the United Negro College Fund
  • Louis E. Lomax (1922-1970), African-American journalist and author, the first African-American television journalist
  • General Lunsford Lindsay Lomax (1835-1913), American officer in the United States Army who resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the American Civil War
  • Geoff Lomax (1925-1992), English cricketer
  • Ian Lomax (1931-1996), English cricketer
  • Kelvin Lomax (b. 1986), English football defender
  • Jonathan "Jonny" Lomax (b. 1990), English professional rugby league footballer



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

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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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