Rev Professor Peter Lampe, KStJ Germany Dr. theol. Dr. habil.,
of the Hessian Lampe of
The International Register of Arms, 7th
January 2008. Registration No. 0130.
Azure, in chief
three triangular bowls with flames of fire on top all Or (two and
one), in base a mountain of three peaks Argent.
Within a vol
quartered Azure and Or, a triangular bowl with flames of fire on top
Wappenbrief (Coat of Arms Certificate) of the Deutsche Wappenrolle (DWR)
(The German Scroll of Coat of Arms) and registration therein under the
index number 7360/79, 1 February 1981. The German Scroll of Coat of
Arms (DWR) since 1922 has been administrated by Der Herold in Berlin
in legal succession of the old German governmental heraldic offices.
The coat of arms were published in: Deutsche Wappenrolle, ed. by Der
Herold (Berlin) in continuation of the “Siebmacher” coat of arms
publications, vol. 35, Neustadt an der Aisch: Degener 1981, p. 77.
The three golden bowls
with their golden flames above a silver mountain of three peaks is the
canting coat of arms of the Hessian Lampe of Zennern-Grebenstein
family in Kurhessen (Electoral Hesse) and clearly symbolises the
meaning of the name: lampe derives from the old German lant-berath
(literally: “shining in regard to land”); the mountain signifies land
and the burning flames represent the adjective berath, “shining,
bright, splendid.” Lant-berath transformed to landbert, lambert,
The pedigree of the Hessian Lampe of Zennern-Grebenstein familiy
begins in the late 1500s: Adam Lamppe of Zennern was first mentioned
in 1593 and Helwig Lampe of Zennern in 1606. The Lampe name, however,
was mentioned 130 km south of Zennern as early as the year 1357.
Johann He(i)nrich Lampe of Zennern (1768-1834), a military man,
settled in Grebenstein and founded the Grebenstein branch. (Peter
Lampe, “Neues Archivmaterial aus den Jahren 1357-1606 zur Geschichte
der Familie Lampe aus Zennern in Kurhessen,” in Beiträge zur
Geschichte der Familien Lampe und verwandter Familien, vol. XIII,
Hannover 1981, 453-459 = 70. Jahrgang, 1981, issue 144, pp. 453-459).
The genealogy of some present armigers (2.1b, 2.1.1 and 2.1.2; see
below) reaches back as far as the fifth century and includes royal
Heinrich G.W. Lampe [1858-1919;
Landesdirektionssekretär in the former Prussian
in Kassel, Germany, son of J. Martin Lampe of Grebenstein and Calden
(1826-1909)] and their spouses are entitled to be armigers if they
bear the surname Lampe. The family, however, informally also
concedes to bear the coat of arms if descendants of Heinrich G.W.
Lampe were born with this surname, but changed it upon marriage. In
2008, there were fourteen armigers:
(1.) Helga Lampe, born
7 May 1928 in Erfurt, Germany, married to the late physician Dr. med.
Karl-Heinrich Lampe, born 25 June 1924 in Kassel, Germany (son of
Katharina and Rev. Friedrich Lampe, who was a son of Heinrich G.W.
Lampe mentioned above);
(2.1a) their first-born
child: Rev. Professor Peter E.F. Lampe, Dr. theol., Dr. habil., born
28 January 1954, in Detmold, Germany, senior Professor at the
University of Heidelberg, Germany, Knight of Grace of the Order of St.
John (German branch: The Bailiwick of Brandenburg of the Knightly
Order of St. John from the Hospital of Jerusalem), for his CV, his
books and other publications see
http://www.rzuser.uni-heidelberg.de/~d04/wts/lampe/ and the
entries in Who’s Who in the World and Wer ist Wer in Deutschland;
(2.1b) his wife: Margaret Birdsong Lampe, BA MDiv, born 19 March 1957,
in Richmond, VA, USA; children: (2.1.1) Daniel Birdsong Lampe, born 16
December 1985 in Lausanne, Switzerland, (2.1.2) Jessica Frances Lampe,
born 7 February 1989 in Henrico Co., VA, USA;
(2.2) their second
child: Rev. Uta-Maria Lampe Hohl, born 2 December 1956 in Detmold,
Germany, minister in Zurich, Switzerland; (2.2.1) daughter: Maria
Christina Lampe, 10 July 1997 in Bern, Switzerland;
(2.3) their third
child: Tabita Susanne Nicolas, formerly Tabita Susanne Lampe, born 22
May 1958 in Detmold, Germany, musician in Bavaria, Germany. Her sons
are not armigers: (2.3.1.) Gabriel Nicolas; (2.3.2.) Jan David
(2.4a) their fourth
child and second son: Dr. med. Markus Karl-Heinrich Lampe, born 15
December 1960 in Detmold, Germany, physician who continues his
father`s medical practice in Detmold, Knight of Grace of the Order of
St. John (German branch: The Bailiwick of Brandenburg of the Knightly
Order of St. John from the Hospital of Jerusalem); (2.4.b) his wife:
the physician Beate Lampe (born Telaar), born 2 March 1960 in Bocholt,
Germany; children: (2.4.1) Lukas Peter Lampe, born 3 July 1990 in
Soest, Germany; (2.4.2) Miriam Margaret Lampe, born 12 January 1993 in
Detmold, Germany; (2.4.3) Simon Richard Lampe, born 11 August 1994 in
Detmold, Germany; (2.4.4) David Christof Lampe, born 11 August 1994 in
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