The surname Lambert is of English, French and German origin. It is derived from the Germanic personal name composed of the elements ‘lam’, land, territory and ‘berht’, bright, famous. A native Old English name ‘Landbeorht’ is attested, and seems to have survived the Norman Conquest, when it was massively reinforced by the Continental form imported by the Normans from France. However ‘Landbeorht’ was by no means a common name among the Anglo-Saxons. The name gained even wider currency in the Middle Ages with the immigration of weavers from Flanders, where St.Lambert, bishop of Maastricht in the seventh century, who aided St.Willibrord in his evangelical work, was a popular figure. Lambert is one of the commonest French surnames, and this form is found even compararively early in German records. The surname may also be an occupational name for a sheperd, from the Old English ‘lamb’, lamb and ‘hierd’, herd. 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. The name dates back to the tenth century were a Gozelinus filius Lamb… Coat of arms: Gules, three narcissus argent, and a canton or. Mantling gules and argent; and…
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