The name Amberley came to England
with the ancestors of the Amberley family in the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The surname Amberley is 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 Amberley family
The surname Amberley 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 Amberley family
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Amberley Spelling Variations
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 Ambler, Ambeller, Amblie, Anbler, Amble, Amblor and others.
Early Notables of the Amberley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Amberley family to the New World and Oceana
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 Amberley or a variant listed above were: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Amberley (post 1700)
- Baroness Emmett of Amberley,