Family name origins & meanings
- English : from the Middle English personal name Lefman, Old English Lēofman, composed of the elements lēof‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + mann ‘man’, ‘person’. This came to be used as a nickname for a lover or sweetheart, from Middle Englishlem(m)an. There is no connection with the word denoting the citrus fruit (which is of Persian origin).
- Scottish and northern Irish : variant of Lamont.