Lombard Family History
The ancient origin of the name Lombard
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Lombard
include Lombord, Lumbert and Lumpert. This sept came from Waterford and Cork.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
The name was taken from Lombardy in France and was introduced with the Norman invasion of Ireland in the year 1172, and subsequently became classified as an Irish name. The family was established in the Barony of Muskerry by a grant of Edward III in the year 1369. Another branch settled in the City of Waterford where a William Lombard was Mayor in the year 1377 and held the post four times. The Archbishop of Armagh, Dr. Peter Lombard, 1554-1625, was a theologian of European reputation and was born in Waterford. The placename Lombardstown commemorates their name.
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Lombard