The Scottish surname Lamb, also found in England and Ireland, is derived from the Middle English term lamb, a nickname for a meek and inoffensive person, or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of lambs. The earliest recording of the name in Scotland is in 1288 when Adam Lamb of Sympering witnessed a charter of lands in Grayden. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1630 when John , Elizabeth and Edward Lamb settled in Salem, Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 59,000 bearers of the name Lamb living in the United States.
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