This interesting and unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon or Old Germanic origin. Firstly, it may have been an occupational name for a servant of "Lambie", a personal name from the Olde English pre 7th Century "lamb", a lamb, plus the Olde English "-mann", man, servant. However, this personal name may also have been of Old Germanic origin, as a short form of the Old Germanic "Lanbert", Old French "Lambert", plus the suffix "-mann", as mentioned above. This personal name is composed of the elements "land", territory, and "berht", bright, famous, and was introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066, and by Flemish weavers in the Middle Ages.One Richard Lambeyman appears in 1521, in the Register of the Guild of the Corpus Christi in the City of York, while one John Lamyman is recorded in the Register of the Freemen of the City of York in 1525. William, son of Robti Lamyman, was christened on December 15th 1585, at Grimoldby, Lincolnshire, and Robert, son of Thomas and Martha Laminman, was christened on March 15th 1771, at Sutterton, Lincolnshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alexander Lamaman, which was dated 1463, in the "Register of the Freemen of the City of York", during the reign of King Edward 1V, known as "The Self Proclaimed King", 1461 - 1483. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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