Lampkin Family Genealogy Forum
My great uncle speculated that my great-grandfather came over from Russia through Europe, then England and then into Boston. On the way, he thought that an Englishman had befriended my great-grandfather and so he took his friend's name of Lampkin shortly after arriving in the US.
However, my grandfather told a different story. You see, my great-grandfather settled in the San Francisco area of CA. The shortest way to America from Russia was to go east, directly to the west coast of the states, not west, through Europe and then all the way across the states. My grandfather thought that my great uncle wanted to spice up the story of immigration, so he made it up. My grandfather thought that when changing the name from Goldstein to Lampkin, the name Lampkin still sounded somewhat Jewish, so that's what he took.
My grandfather used to tell us that there were alot of African-Americans with the last name Lampkin and that was because there were alot of English who came over during colonial times and were slave owners. The slaves took the name of their owners. He said the name Lampkin was a derivitive of the name "Lamb" and "Lambkin" and eventually "Lampkin," which literally meant the family or "kin" of the Lambs.