The surname of LAMPSON is a baptismal surname meaning 'the son of Lambert.' Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Early records of the name include Godwin Lambesune of County Berkshire at the time of Henry III-Edward I. Adam Lambeson was recorded in 1332 in County Cumberland. Johannes Lambeson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 as was Ricardus Lambeson. Other names on record are Thomas Lamson, William Lampson and Edward Lamson was recorded in the History of Norfolk. Thomas Lansom and William Lampson were both documented in 1464 in County Lancashire. The marriage of Clement Lamson and Francis Spinke was registered at St.Michael, Cornhill, in the year 1626. A buriel was registered at St. Dionis Backchurch to a mariner by the name of Thomas Lambson in 1689. Another marriage was recorded at St.George's, Hanover Square, in 1770, of George Lamson and Catherine Lovett. 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.
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