The surname of LAMB was a nickname 'one as gentle as a lamb' one with a quiet and pleasant disposition. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. The name is also spelt LAMM, LAMME, LAMB, LAMBIE, LEMMEL, LAMMLE and LEMEL, to name but a few. Early records of the name mention William le Lambe, 1273 County Cambridge. Ingrida Lomb, was documented in County Huntingdonshire, ibid. William Justyce and Jane Lambe, were married in London in the year 1558. Buried. Ann Lamb, St. Dionis Backchurch, London in the year of 1665.
Charles Lamb (1775-1834) English essayist and critic, author of 'Essays of Elia'.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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