The developmental cartography of human lymphopoiesis remains incompletely understood. Here, we establish a multimodal map demonstrating that lymphoid specification follows independent direct or stepwise hierarchic routes converging toward the emergence of newly characterized CD117 multi-lymphoid progenitors (MLPs) that undergo a proliferation arrest before entering the CD127 (NK/ILC/T) or CD127 (B) lymphoid pathways. While the differentiation of CD127 early lymphoid progenitors is mainly driven by Flt3 signaling, emergence of their CD127 counterparts is regulated cell-intrinsically and depends exclusively on the divisional history of their upstream precursors, including hematopoietic stem cells. Further, transcriptional mapping of differentiation trajectories reveals that whereas myeloid granulomonocytic lineages follow continuous differentiation pathways, lymphoid trajectories are intrinsically discontinuous and characterized by sequential waves of cell proliferation allowing pre-commitment amplification of lymphoid progenitor pools. Besides identifying new lymphoid specification pathways and regulatory checkpoints, our results demonstrate that NK/ILC/T and B lineages are under fundamentally distinct modes of regulation. (149 words).