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Where did the English Kemry family come from? What is the English Kemry family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kemry family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kemry family history?Kemry is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kemry family lived in Leicestershire. The family name, though, is a reference to the area of Cambrai, near Falaise, in Normandy. Originally erected in the 6th century as the Diocese of Cambrai, its jurisdiction was immense and included even Brussels and Antwerp.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Cambrey, Cambray, Cambrai, Combray, Cambreye, Camray and many more.
First found in Leicestershire, where Godridius (Geoffroi) de Chambrai was awarded estates in return for his service to William the Conqueror. Wace, the Norman poet, mentions Cil de Combrai as one of the knights who challenged King Harold to come forth at Senlac in 1066 and this is probably a reference to Geoffroi de Cambrai.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kemry research. Another 364 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1199, 1203, 1273, 1500, 1664, 1701, 1798, and 1806 are included under the topic Early Kemry History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kemry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Kemry or a variant listed above were: Joseph Cambrey who arrived in Philadelphia in 1847.
The Kemry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kemry 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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