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Origins of the Lamb surname

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What does the name Lamb mean?

The Lamb surname is English, and is thought to have two main points of origin. It is mostly believed to be a nickname, given to those who had characteristics of the animal (they may have been particularly meek, mild or inoffensive). Another possible source is patronymic and could refer to someone who was the son or descendant of somebody with the given name of 'Lambert'.

Alternative variations of the name Lamb

Lamb, Lambe, Lumb, Lumbe, Lamm

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Where do most Lambs live?

In 1921, most Lambs lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Lambs

How common is your surname?

252nd most common surname in the UK

We have 152,000 records for the Lamb surname. The oldest one dates back to 1539.

Who were Lambs most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Lamb first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Lambs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Lambs in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Lambs in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer




Agricultural Labourer


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