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Lemme Coat of Arms / Lemme Family Crest

Lemme Coat of Arms / Lemme Family Crest

This surname LEMME is of Prussian origin, and was derived from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements 'land' (land, territory) and 'berht' (bright, famous). The name was brought into England during the wake of the Norman Invasion, and appeared to have survived in the anglicized form Lambert. The name gained wider currency in the Middle Ages, with the immigration of weavers from Flanders, where St. Lambert, the bishop of Maastricht (circa 700) was a popular figure. In Italy the name was popular in the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of Lambert I and II Dukes of Spoleto and Holy Roman Emperors. One Lemmeke Muenter, also known as Lambertus Montarius, was recorded in 1335 in Stalsund, and records for 1493 show a Colmon Lempek, a carrier in Vienna. Johann Christian Lembcke, (circa. 1759) was born in Alk Karin, near Neubukow. In 1783 he married Maria Regina Hoenhsen. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. The name has many variant spellings which include Lembeck, Lemback, Lehmbek, Lehmbach and Lemboeck. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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