Explore the Family Name Lambert

The meaning of Lambert

English, French, Walloon, Dutch, German, Polish, Czech, and Slovak: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements land ‘land, territory’ + berht ‘bright, famous’. In England, the native Old English form Landbeorht was replaced by Lambert, the Continental form of the name that was taken to England by the Normans from France. The name gained wider currency in Britain in the Middle Ages with the immigration of weavers from Flanders, among whom Saint Lambert or Lamprecht, bishop of Maastricht in around 700, was a popular cult figure. In Italy the name was popularized in the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of Lambert I and II, Dukes of Spoleto and Holy Roman Emperors. Lambert is the second most frequent surname in Wallonia. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, for example Slovenian Lampret and Lampreht (see also Lampert). History: Eustache Lambert from Boulogne-sur-Mer in Pas-de-Calais, France, married Marie Laurence in France c.1656, died in Quebec City, QC, in 1673. Aubin Lambert dit Champagne from Tourouvre in Orne, France, married Élisabeth Aubert in Quebec City, QC, in 1670. His descendants also bear the former secondary surname or dit (‘also called’) name Champagne. Pierre Lambert from Fourmetot in Eure, France, married Marie Normand in Quebec City, QC, in 1680. — In North America, this surname was originally also a secondary surname or dit name, borne by Augustin Hébert dit Lambert (a descendant of Augustin Hébert dit Jolicoeur from Paris, France; see Hebert), who married Françoise Petit in Varennes, QC, in 1761. — This surname is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society’s register of qualified Huguenot ancestors and also in the similar register of the Huguenot Society of America.

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How common is the last name Lambert in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Lambert has faced changes in its popularity between 2000 and 2010. Originally ranked at 303 in 2000, it dropped to rank 329 by 2010, marking a decrease of 8.58%. However, despite the drop in ranking, the actual count of individuals with the surname Lambert increased from 90,618 in 2000 to 93,678 in 2010, showing a growth of 3.38%. The proportion per 100k also experienced a decline of 5.45%, falling from 33.59 in 2000 to 31.76 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k33.5931.76-5.45%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Lambert

In terms of ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals shifts within the Lambert surname bearers. The data highlights an increase in those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, two or more races, Hispanic, Black, and American Indian and Alaskan Native, while there was a minor decrease in those identifying as White. Specifically, the percentage of Lamberts identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander grew from 0.46% in 2000 to 0.59% in 2010, marking a 28.26% change. Those reporting two or more races increased from 1.39% to 1.77%, resulting in a 27.34% change. Additionally, individuals who identified as Hispanic rose from 1.94% to 2.79% (a 43.81% growth), and Black identity increased from 9.34% to 9.88% (a 5.78% growth). Lastly, the percentage of Lamberts identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native experienced a rise from 1.16% to 1.30%, indicating a 12.07% change. Conversely, the proportion of White Lambert surname holders dipped from 85.71% to 83.66%, a decrease of -2.39%.

Two or More Races1.39%1.77%27.34%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.16%1.3%12.07%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.46%0.59%28.26%

Lambert ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Lambert is British & Irish, which comprises 49.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (27.1%) and Eastern European (4.1%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Nigerian.

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British & Irish49.3%
French & German27.1%
Eastern European4.1%

Possible origins of the surname Lambert

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Lambert have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom83.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom83.10%
Merseyside, United Kingdom82.90%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom82.80%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom82.70%

What Lambert haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Lambert is R-P311, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P311 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS2509 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Harrison, Perry, Brown, Miller, Wright, Smith, Andrews, Davis, West, Turner.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Lambert surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

lambertPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Lambert have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Lambert" Surname 42.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Lambert" Surname 25.1%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Lambert" Surname 24.7%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Lambert" Surname 18.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Lambert?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Lambert are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%