Lombardy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Lombardy 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 Lombardy family originally lived in Huntingdonshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Lombardy family
The surname Lombardy 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."  "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. "  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.  Lombard Street, London, took its name from the district in which the Italian merchants resided.
Important Dates for the Lombardy family
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Lombardy 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 Lombardy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lombardy family to Ireland
Some of the Lombardy 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.
Migration of the Lombardy family
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lombardy or a variant listed above: Bernard Lombard, who settled in New England in 1630; Garret Lombard arrived in Philadelphia in 1872; Michael Lombard settled in New Orleans in 1821 with his wife and four children..
Contemporary Notables of the name Lombardy (post 1700)
- William James Joseph Lombardy (1937-2017), American chess grandmaster, chess writer, teacher, and Catholic priest
- Leslie Ellis Lombardy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 2008 
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