Show ContentsLyman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lyman originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Leman, which was taken from the personal name Liefman. [1]

Early Origins of the Lyman family

The surname Lyman was first found in Suffolk at Wenhaston, a parish, in the union and hundred of Blything. "The family of Leman had a [family] seat here. The church is an ancient structure in the decorated English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains several monuments to the Leman family." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 provided some of the earliest records of the family, typically with ancient spellings: Leman Bru in Norfolk; Alan filius Leman in Cambridgeshire; Eldred Leman in Somerset; and Thomas Letman in Oxfordshire. [3]

Early History of the Lyman family

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Lyman Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Lyman has appeared include Leaman, Leamen, Leman, Lemon, Lemmon, Leemon, Limon and many more.

Early Notables of the Lyman family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Leman, Lord Mayor of London in 1616; Sir William Leman, 1st Baronet (died 1667), an English politician who sat in the House of...
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Lyman Ranking

In the United States, the name Lyman is the 2,680th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Lyman family to Ireland

Some of the Lyman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Lyman migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Lyman arrived in North America very early:

Lyman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Lyman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1631 [5]
  • John Lyman, who landed in New Jersey in 1677 [5]
Lyman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Lyman, aged 48, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • D Lyman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

Canada Lyman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lyman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Lyman U.E. born in New Haven, Connectitcut, USA who settled in York County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he Graduated Yale University in 1770 [6]
  • Mr. Oliver Lyman U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]
Lyman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Warren Lyman, who arrived in Canada in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Lyman (post 1700) +

  • William Roy "Link" Lyman (1898-1972), American professional football tackle, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964
  • William Whittingham "Jack" Lyman Jr (1885-1983), American writer and academic in the field of Celtic studies
  • William Lyman (1755-1811), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1793-1797)
  • Theodore Lyman III (1833-1897), American natural scientist, officer during the American Civil War, and United States Representative from Massachusetts
  • David Belden Lyman (1803-1884), early American missionary to Hawaii
  • Chester Smith Lyman (1814-1890), American teacher, clergyman and astronomer, honorary member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Arthur Lyman (1932-2002), American jazz vibraphone and marimba player from Kauai, Hawaii
  • Brigadier-General Charles Bishop Lyman (1888-1981), American Assistant Commanding General 32nd Division (1944-1945) [7]
  • Brigadier-General Albert Kuali Brickwood Lyman (1885-1942), American Commanding Officer 3rd Engineer Regiment (1940-1942) [8]
  • Theodore Lyman (1874-1954), American physicist and spectroscopist, discoverer of the Lyman series, eponym of the Lyman lunar crater
  • ... (Another 55 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Henry Lyman (1855-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada travelling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mrs. Florence Lyman (1878-1914), née Kirkby Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. 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
  7. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 10) Charles Lyman. Retrieved from
  8. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 10) Albert Lyman. Retrieved from
  9. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook