When I was in York one day, I went in one of those shops that does family names, and it came up with this explanation, I hope you find it interesting.
This interesting and unusual surname is a variant of Lambold, which is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is locational from a now "lost" place, thought to have been in Hampshire, due to the large number of recordings in that County. The placename is derived from the Middle English (1200-1500), Old English pre 7th century "lamb", a nickname for a meek and offensive person, and the Old English "bold" , dwelling house, hall; the placename means "lambs hall". An estimated 7 to 10 thousand villages and hamlets are known to have disappeared in Britain since circa 1100, due to such disasters as the Black Death of 1348, in which an eighth of the population perished, or to the practice of "clearing" large areas of land to make sheep pastures during the height of the wool trade in the 14th and 15th centuries. The modern name can be found as Lambold, Lambal(l), Lambol(l), Lambole and Lamble. Among the recordings in Hampshire are the christening of Phillip, son of Phillip and Sarah Lamble, on September 27th 1724 at Headley and the marriage of Peter Lamble and Sarah Matthews on July 1766 at Alverstoke. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nicholas Lambold (christening), which was dated June 11th 1539, at Heckfield and Mattingly Hampshire during the reign of King Henry VIII, known as Good King Hal, 1509-1547. Surnames became necessary when goverments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll tax. Through out the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
Well Julie that is exactly how it is worded on the print out that I paid for, and found it very interesting, and I hope you do so as well.
All the best,
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