This very interesting name has either a 'Huguenot' or 'Flemish weaver' origin. It is recorded heraldically as 'Lambelet of Neufchatel', but in any case has long been recorded in England from at least the time of Elizabeth I. The name is derived from the word 'lambe' which was originally a personal name of endearment, and found equally on the continent as well as England. To this was added the suffix 'petit' shortened to 'let' to mean 'little' or 'son of Lambe'. The modern anglicized spelling is recorded in 1646 when John Lambell (an infant) was baptised at St.Dunstans in East London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alice Lamboule. which was dated 1583 Married Ranulf Hathorne at St. Lukes, Chelsea. during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I 'Good Queen Bess' 1558-1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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