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Type Settlement
Usage English
Other Forms FormsLampart

Meaning & History

A tiny hamlet in Northumberland, near the border with Cumbria. Despite this location's small size, several theories have emerged relating to the etymology of this unique name, which was first recorded in c.1290 as Lythel Lampard.

The most common and most likely explanation is that Lampert is a compound name, formed with a Cumbric equivalent of Welsh llan, meaning 'parish, enclosure' & a suffix of perth, 'thicket, hedge'. A possible translation, therefore would be 'enclosure in the thicket'.

Also suggested is a possible derivation from the derivation from the Norman-French personal name Lambert. This derives from Frankish *Land-, 'land', suffixed with *-berχt, 'bright'.

Less likely is the suggestion that Lampert derives from a dialectal Old English term meaning 'trading place'.
Added 6/11/2017 by McLeeds