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Where did the English Ambroise family come from? What is the English Ambroise family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ambroise family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ambroise family history?

The name Ambroise was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the medieval given name Ambrose, which was in turn derived from the Latin Ambrosius, which means immortal. The name Ambrose was extremely popular and spread rapidly because of devotion to Saint Ambrose, who lived during the 4th century and was one of the four Fathers of the Western Christian church.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ambroise family name include Ambroase, Ambrose, Ambross, Ambroyse, Ambrusious, Ambrusius, Ambros, Ambroise, Ambrorrows, Ambroroughs, Ambury, Amburys, Amborows, Ambroraes, Ambesace, MacAmbrose, McAmbrose and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor in that county. Some say that this name is descended from the Greek, meaning "immortal or divine," but it is more likely that the name is Norman and is taken from one of the great fathers of the Latin Church. Pierre de Ambroise was the Seigneur of Chaumont in Normandy and was living in 1440, apparently the surviving Norman branch of the family name. This family intermarried with the descendants of King Charles VII of France and is directly descended from Jacqueline, the King's mistress. The family were settled in Lancashire soon after the Norman Conquest.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ambroise research. Another 208 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1488 and 1499 are included under the topic Early Ambroise History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ambroise Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ambroise family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 114 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ambroise family to immigrate North America:

Ambroise Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jean Ambroise, who was listed in the "Alsace Emigration Book" as having left for America in 1828

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The Ambroise Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ambroise Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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