Lumsden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Lumsden is a name whose roots are found in the clans of the Boernician people of ancient Scotland. The Lumsden family lived in the parish of Coldingham, Berwickshire. They derived their name from the name of their manor, Lumsden. The name means Lumm's Valley in Old English, from the personal name Lumm.

Early Origins of the Lumsden family

The surname Lumsden was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Lumsden family

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Lumsden Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages simply spelled according to sound. The result is an enormous number of spelling variations among names that evolved in that era. Lumsden has been spelled Lumsden, Lumsdane, Lummsdaine, Lammestone and many more.

Early Notables of the Lumsden family (pre 1700)

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Lumsden Ranking

In the United States, the name Lumsden is the 11,830th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Lumsden migration to the United States +

Most of the Boernician-Scottish families who came to North America settled on the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States and Canada. Families who wanted a new order stayed south in the War of Independence, while those who were still loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, the ancestors of these families have gone on to rediscover their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lumsden or a variant listed above:

Lumsden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Lumsden, who settled in Maryland in 1715
  • Henry Lumsden, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [2]
  • James Lumsden, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1774 [2]
  • James Lumsden, who settled in Virginia in 1774
Lumsden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Lumsden, aged 45, who arrived in Maine in 1812 [2]
  • John Lumsden, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Nicholas Lumsden, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840 [2]

Canada Lumsden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lumsden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • George Lumsden, who landed in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. George Lumsden U.E. from New Haven, Connecticut, USA who settled in St. Stephen, New Brunswick c. 1784 listed as a passenger on Union Transport, he was a shoe maker by trade [3]
Lumsden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Lumsden, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Lumsden migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lumsden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Charlotte Lumsden, (b. 1819), aged 29, Scottish laundress who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Elizabeth and Henry" on 11th February 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), she died in 1891 [4]

New Zealand Lumsden migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lumsden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Lumsden, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Mr. William Lumsden, (b. 1813), aged 28, British gardener travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 27th October 1841 [5]
  • Mrs. Emma Lumsden, (b. 1819), aged 22, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 27th October 1841 [5]
  • Mr. James Lumsden, (b. 1836), aged 22, Scottish agricultural labourer from Fife travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [5]
  • Mrs. Lumsden, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Invercargill" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 15th October 1874 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lumsden (post 1700) +

  • M. J. Lumsden, American politician, Mayor of Largo, Florida, 1947-48 [7]
  • George Quincey Lumsden Jr. (b. 1930), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to United Arab Emirates, 1982 [7]
  • Roddy Lumsden (1966-2020), Scottish poet, born in St Andrews and educated at Madras College
  • John David Lumsden (1960-2016), Scottish footballer for Stoke City (1979-1982)
  • Roddy Lumsden (b. 1966), Scottish poet who received an Eric Gregory Award in 1991 and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
  • Vivien Dale Victoria Lumsden (b. 1952), Scottish newsreader on the Scottish TV (STV Central) news programme
  • General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden GCB, CSI, DL (1829-1918), Scottish military officer who served in India
  • Ernest Stephen Lumsden (1883-1948), distinguished Scottish painter, noted etcher, and authority on etching
  • Eddie Lumsden (1936-2019), Australian professional rugby league footballer
  • Peter James Scott Lumsden CBE (1929-2017), British motorsport competitor
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Lumsden Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dei dono sum quod sum
Motto Translation: By the bounty of God I am what I am.

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th March 2022). Retrieved from
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook