This is an interesting and unusual name of mixed origin. It is a dialectual variant of Lambert, itself from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "land", territory and "berht", bright". "Landbeognt" a native Olde English pre 7th Century name survived the Norman Conquest (1066) and was reinforced by the emigration of Flemish Weavers in the Middle Ages, where St. Lambert, Bishop of MaaStrictt (circa 700) was highly venerated. There is also a possiblity that it is derived from the occupational name for a shepherd, from the Olde English "Lamb" and "Hierd". One Susanna Lambird, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Lambird was chirstened on the 27th February 1710 at St. James, Clerkenwell, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Lambert, which was dated 1148, Pipe Rolls of Hampshire, during the reign of King Stephen, "Count of Blois", 1135 - 1154. 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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