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Lamb Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Lamb a pet form of Lambert . English: nickname for a meek and inoffensive person from Middle English lamb or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of lambs. See also Lamm . Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Luain ‘descendant of the warrior’ formerly Anglicized as O'Loan (see Lane ). MacLysaght comments: “The form Lamb(e) which results from a more than usually absurd pseudo-translation (uan ‘lamb’) is now much more numerous than O'Loan itself.” German: variant of Lamm . This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 藍 (see Lan ) and 林 (see Lin ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Lamm, Lam, Lau, Lark, Ramm, Game, Garb, Laib, Lapp, Camm

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Where is the Lamb family from?

You can see how Lamb families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lamb family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lamb families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 196 Lamb families living in New York. This was about 16% of all the recorded Lamb's in USA. New York had the highest population of Lamb families in 1840.
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What did your Lamb ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lamb. 16% of Lamb men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Lamb women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lamb were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 59,000 immigration records available for the last name Lamb. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 75,000 military records available for the last name Lamb. For the veterans among your Lamb ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lamb lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Lamb life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Lamb in 1940 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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