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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. [1] [2]


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]


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.


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 35 words (2 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


  • 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
  • Louis E. Lomax (1922-1970), African-American journalist and author, the first African-American television journalist
  • Dr. Michael Lucius Lomax (b. 1947), American President and Chief Executive officer of the United Negro College Fund
  • Neil Lomax (b. 1959), American former NFL football quarterback, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • 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
  • Mr. Samuel Lomax, English Marine from Manchester, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Cathy Lomax (b. 1963), English artist, curator and director of the Transition Gallery
  • John Richard "Jackie" Lomax (1944-2013), English guitarist and singer-songwriter, best known for his work with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Leon Russell and Nicky Hopkins
  • Jonathan "Jonny" Lomax (b. 1990), English professional rugby league footballer



  • 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. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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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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