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Where did the English Kam family come from? What is the English Kam family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kam family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kam family history?The name Kam is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived on the bank of a river or stream named the of Cam. The surname Kam is topographic in nature, the type of surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a river or stream. The surname also refers to the camb, which is the crest of a hill or a dike.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kam are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kam include: Cam, Camm, Camme, Caham, Cahm, Cahme and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kam research. Another 570 words(41 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1162, 1184, 1205, 1214, 1221, 1275, 1320, 1326, 1500, 1633, 1716, and 1733 are included under the topic Early Kam History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kam or a variant listed above:
Kam Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Kam Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Kam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kam 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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