Origin of the surname Lamberson/Lambertson
As to the origins of our name, most of us must have a medieval ancestor who was called Lambert, Lambrecht, or another variation. The next generation became Lambert's son, to both identify him with his heritage and to make himself distinct, and the rest is (family) history. For more information about the name Lambert and variations, go to this site.
People with the spelling Lamberson frequently have their name misspelled Lambertson (which really annoys us, no offense), but the reverse is not commonly true. If you are looking for your Lamberson ancestor, and are determined in your spelling, do not be so sure that the census enumerator, civil/church record keeper, or even the ancestor himself was so certain. As you look for your Lambertson and Lamberson ancestors, be sure to keep an open mind with regard to spelling. When I check published and transcribed records in particular, I often search all entries for the letters L and even T (an "L" can look like a "T" to a transcriber). In this way, I have found my Lamberson relatives called Tamberson and Lumberrin, much to my joy.
Am I English, Irish, German, Dutch Or Norwegian???
Maybe. Some Lambersons and Lambertsons undoubtedly came to America from England, Ireland and Scotland, some from the various German states, and yet others from Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. Evidence points to all of these as being points of origin for those who now call themselves by Lamberson and Lambertson in America. What do the oldtimers in your family say? (Mine say German.) Email me and let me know..
I theorize that the New York-derived families of our name are mostly from Dutch family Lambrechtsen (family crest to the right). There used to be a Dutch website online with a brief history of the Lambrechtsen family of the Netherlands who claimed kinship with us. Unfortunately the Lambrechtsen site is no longer available, so I am working on compiling information on this family for inclusion here.
There is an interesting history of the Dutch New Netherlands online at Cornell called A History of the New Netherlands (published 1820), by one Sir Nicholas C. Lambrechtsen. This is strictly background material and has no indication of Sir Lambrechtsen's relation to us. However, it does illustrate the push and shove between the Dutch who settled here in the seventeenth century and the English who forced The Netherlands to abandon its claims in the New World.
English Lambertsons And Lambersons
The following entry is taken from A Dictionary Of English And Welsh Surnames by Charles Wareing Bardsley, M. A. (published 1901, London; republished 1967, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore). Page 464:
"Lambertson, Lamberson – Bapt. ‘the son of Lambert.’ I am not certain whether or not this name still exists in England.
John Lambertson, son of Nicholas Lambertson 1603, co. Lanc.: Exchequer Depositions, L. & C. R. S. p. 11.
The above lived at Warton, Lancaster. A century later, we find the name, slightly abbreviated, in a neighbouring parish:
Thomas Lamberson of Bolton-le-Sands, 1715: Lancashire Wills at Richmond (1681-1748), p. 162.
John Lambertson, of Warton, 1647: Lancashire Wills at Richmond (1457-1680), p. 180.
Agnes Lambertson, of Bolton-le-Sands, 1661: ibid..
George Lamberson of Warton, 1637: ibid.
1559. Buried – Richard Lamerson: St. Peter, Cornhill, i, 144.
New York, 1, 4. "
It seems from this entry that even in England, this name was not common, and needs further research. Lancashire is the obvious starting place, according to this author's exhaustive survey of surnames in England and Wales.