My notes today at the Irish Roots Cafe:
1- Families in Wexford Ireland.
2- Lamb(e) is the family name of the week
1) Families in Co. Wexford town and county.
The Co. Wexford, Ireland, Genealogy book is at:
If we look in this book at the 1659 census,
in the Town of Wexford we find:
The Principall Irish Names and Their Number:
Murphy 14 - Synott 11 - Welsh 07 - Codd 13 -
Doyle 06 - White 06 - Connors 05 - Furlong 05
- Redmond 05 - Devereux 05 -
We also see individuals such as James Roe and John
Walton in the west ward, and Ambrose Andrews in the
South Ward and so on....
Another Resource for Wexford:
A year by year history for all of Ireland was
compiled by the Four Masters. Connellans
translation has the first true large scale map of
Irish families. It is on a county by county basis in Ireland.
Wexford Families on our Map of the Four Masters:
Le Mareschal, E.
O' Cavanagh, L.
Mac Murrough, K.
O' Cosgry, C.
O' Doran (Brehon)
O' Dugan, C.
O' Garvey, C.
O' Larkin, L.
O' Murphy, L.
Remember that these spellings often change !
2) The Family Name of the Week:
Possible Related Spellings of the Name
Lam, Lamm, Lambe, Lambin, de Labart, Lamberton
Varient Spelling Groups: #1055
(From the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names) http://www.irishroots.com/id4918.htm
History of the Name
Most of the name of Lamb are said to be of English
origins in Ireland. It is also possible that in an
isolated instance an Irish family could have taken
the name of Lamb.
The obvious shortening of names like Lambert or
Lambarton may have occurred at times as well.
Note the possible connection of the Lambe and
Lambert families in the Irish Book of Arms, as
In the book, ‘Milesian Families of Ireland’ the
name of Lamb is given as coming from England
and settling in Donegal, but Lamberton is said to
have come from France.
Lamb is also given in Dublin in the 19th century.
copyright 2011, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small
Irish Coats of Arms for the name
Information given in the Irish Book of Arms
1) Arms shown for Penniston Lambe, Viscount, of
Kilmore, m. in 1769 to the daughter of Sir Ralph
Milbank. The illustration shows, it looks like two
lions as supporters of the coat of arms, a third
shown on its crest, two stars across the middle
of the coat, with 3 decorations on the coat.
There may even be some connection with Lambert
there, based on similarities between the
two names and some of the arms designs.
The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
finds the family name 15 times in books, including :
1) The Families of Co. Kerry, Ireland
2) Birth Index of Ireland
3) The Families of County Dublin
4) The Families of County Donegal.
5) G. Lambe in Co. Galway genealogy & family history notes
6) Lambin is found in Irish Names and Surnames by Woulfe
7) Patrick Lamb in v26 of the JAIHS
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