Amberlay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a person employed as an enameller,
and derives from the Anglo-Norman-French amayler,
of the same meaning. It is also possible that the name refers to one who is employed in a profession which involves horses, as the Old English ambler
and is a technical word for the slowest gait of a horse.
Early Origins of the Amberlay family
The surname Amberlay was first found in the counties of Suffolk
where they settled soon after the Norman Conquest
. Their ancient estates were in Amblie, in Calvados in Normandy.
Early History of the Amberlay family
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Amberlay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Amberlay were recorded, including Ambler, Ambeller, Amblie, Anbler, Amble, Amblor and others.
Early Notables of the Amberlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Amberlay family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Amberlay arrived in North America very early: Martha Ambler who settled in Virginia in 1721; John Ambler settled in Virginia in 1721; Benjamin in New York State, in 1774; with his wife, Mary, son John, and Ann, his daughter..