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Origins of the Lambert surname

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What does the name Lambert mean?

Lambert is an English surname. It has two hypothesised points of origin. Firstly it is believed to be a patronymic name and refer to someone who is the son or descendant of a person with the given name 'Lambert'. It is also thought to come from the occupation of 'lamb-herd', and be related to those who were given the duty of looking after sheep and their line.

Alternative variations of the name Lambert

Lambert, Lambart, Lampert, Lembert, Lombert

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Where do most Lamberts live?

In 1921, most Lamberts lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Lamberts

How common is your surname?

227th most common surname in the UK

We have 167,000 records for the Lambert surname. The oldest one dates back to 1241.

Who were Lamberts most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Lambert first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Lamberts

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

Common Female occupations for Lamberts in 1921


Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Lamberts in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Farm Labourer






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