This interesting and unusual name, also Anglicized as "Lamb(e)", derives from the Gaelic word O' Luain, translating as the male descendant of (O), the hound or warrior (luan) which was the name of two septs in Ireland. First there was the county Limerick sept whose chiefs were Lords of Deisbeg, who were dispersed soon after the Anglo-Norman invasion and were spread throughout Munster where they are almost invariably known as Lambe. The second sept belonged to Oriel and like their namesakes were scattered but remain fairly numerous in the counties of Monaghan, Armagh, Fermanagh and Tyrone until the end of the 17th Century, as shown by Hearth Money Rolls. The name is now found here as O' Luan, O' Lowan, O' Loan and Loane. Richard, son of Richard and Elizabeth Lone was christened at Christchurch, Holy Trinity in Cork, Ireland on June 30th 1646 while on January 1st 1692 at Monkstown, Dublin, Modlan Lone married Bernard Hales. Michael O' Lone was baptised on September 20th 1866 at Omagh, Tyrone, Ireland on September 20th 1866. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nigat Lone, (christening), which was dated June 8th 1646 at Christchurch, Holy Trinity, Cork, during the reign of King Charles 1, "The Martyr", 1625 - 1649. 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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