Ambly is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
in 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 Ambly family
The surname Ambly 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 Ambly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ambly research.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1166 and 1924 are included under the topic Early Ambly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ambly Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Ambler, Ambeller, Amblie, Anbler, Amble, Amblor and others.
Early Notables of the Ambly family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Ambly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ambly family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Ambly name or one of its variants: 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..