Lombard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Lombard emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Lombard family originally lived in Huntingdonshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Lombard family

The surname Lombard was first found in Renfrewshire where it is generally understood to have been given for a "native of Lombardy. Any banker or usurer was so called." [1] "Antony, a Lombard physician, obtained a grant of the lands of Fulton, Renfrewshire, from Alan, son of Walter, the Steward, c. 1204. In 1272 Sir Antony Lumbard quitclaimed the lands to the monastery of Paisley. " [2] Moving further south to England there were numerous early entries of the family including entries in the Hundredorum Rolls: Jenteyt Lumbardus in London; Richard Lomberd in Kent; and John Lumbard in Oxfordshire. [3] Lombard Street, London, took its name from the district in which the Italian merchants resided.

Early History of the Lombard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lombard research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1560, 1554 and 1625 are included under the topic Early Lombard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lombard Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Lombard, Lombart, Limbough, Limbaugh and others.

Early Notables of the Lombard family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Lombard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lombard World Ranking

In the United States, the name Lombard is the 4,195th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [4] However, in France, the name Lombard is ranked the 343rd most popular surname with an estimated 11,785 people with that name. [5] And in South Africa, the name Lombard is the 325th popular surname with an estimated 20,546 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Lombard family to Ireland

Some of the Lombard 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 Lombard migration to the United States +

Study of Passenger and Immigration lists has revealed that among early immigrants bearing the Lombard surname were:

Lombard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bernard Lombard, who settled in New England in 1620
  • Bernard Lombard, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Thomas Lombard, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 [7]
  • Bernard Lombard, who landed in New England in 1633 [7]
  • Francis Lombard, who arrived in Maryland in 1652 [7]
Lombard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Lombard, who settled in Louisiana in 1757
Lombard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Lombard, aged 43, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [7]
  • James Lombard, who arrived in Mississippi in 1818 [7]
  • Michael Lombard, who settled in New Orleans in 1821 with his wife and four children
  • Mr. Lombard, who settled in New Orleans with his wife and four children in 1821
  • M. Lombard, aged 25, settled in New Orleans in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Lombard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lombard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Lombard, son of Jean-François and Antoinette, who married Marie-Catherine Marion, daughter of Georges and Marie-Madeleine, in Quebec on 22nd August 1722 [8]
  • Pierre Lombard, son of François and Marie, who married Marie-Josephte Bourgela, daughter of Pierre and Dorothée, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Quebec on 7th January 1764 [8]
  • André Lombard, son of Antoine and Marguerite, who married Marguerite Giguère, daughter of Joseph and Marguerite, in Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 30th July 1764 [8]
Lombard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Elise Lombard who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Flora Hastings" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 8th July 1847 [9]
  • Ms. Ellen Lombard, aged 20 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lord Sandon" departing 11th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but she died on board [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lombard (post 1700) +

  • Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters) (1908-1942), American actress and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • George Lombard (b. 1975), American Major League Baseball player
  • Mary B. Lombard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1956 [11]
  • Louis Lombard, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Zurich, 1916-17 [11]
  • James A. Lombard, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1965 [11]
  • Gilbert M. Lombard, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Guilford; Elected 1940, 1948 [11]
  • Edwin A. Lombard, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1996 [11]
  • Darwin Lombard, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Colebrook, 1938 [11]
  • Ben Lombard, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1936 [11]
  • Arthur J. Lombard, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1997-2001 [11]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/south-africa/surnames
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  9. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 40)
  10. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 84)
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


Houseofnames.com on Facebook