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Subject: Re: Meaning and origin of Lamar.
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (guest, 66.37.230.52)
Date: June 25, 2005 at 10:32:43 AM
Reply to: Meaning and origin of Lamar. by Lucille
Lamar was not uncommon as a first name in the Southern part of the USA during the 19th century. It was originally given in honor of the Lamar family, which produced prominent political figures in both Georgia and Texas. For a couple of examples see:

http://www.lsjunction.com/people/lamar.htm

http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=L000030

The American Lamar family were probably of French origin and the surname is an Anglicization of the French surname Lamare, which originally designated residence by a pond.

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