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Lambton Coat of Arms / Lambton Family Crest

Lambton Coat of Arms / Lambton Family Crest

The surname of LAMBTON is a place name from Lambton a township in the parish of Chester-le Street, County Durham. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records mention William Lambton, Master of Balliol College , 1461. Edward Lambton and Harriet Santlow were married at St. James Church, Clerkenwell, London, 1732. The Lambton family can trace their descent from the 12th century to Robert de Lambton who died in 1350. He was the feudal lord of Lambton Castle, which has remained the family seat into the 20th century. John Lambton (1792-1840) was created Earl of Durham in 1833; he was known as 'radical' Jack for his advocacy of parliamentary reforn and he became governor-general of Canada. Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization. The associated arms are to be found in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms 1884.

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