Ambridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Ambridge comes from when the family resided beside a bridge over the river Cam. This surname originated as a local name for natives who came from the town of Cambridge. Cambridge was in both Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.

Early Origins of the Ambridge family

The surname Ambridge was first found in Cambridge, a university, borough, and markettown in Cambridgeshire.

"This ancient town was the Grantan-brycge, Grantabricge, or Grante-brige, of the Saxon Chronicle, signifying "the Bridge over the Granta," the ancient name of the river Cam: by the substitution of cognate letters, the Saxon compound was altered after the Norman Conquest to Cantebrige, since contracted into Cambridge. The earliest authenticated fact in its history is its conflagration, in 871, by the Danes, who established on its desolated site one of their principal stations, which they occasionally occupied until the year 901. " [1]

John de Cambridge or Cantebrig (d. 1335), was an early English "judge, was of a Cambridge family, whence he took his name, and is said to have been son to Thomas Cantebrig, a judge of the exchequer under Edward II. He was M.P. for Cambridgeshire in 1321 and subsequent years, and earlier was in several judicial commissions for the county. In the last years of Edward II and early years of Edward III he is named as counsel in the year books. " [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Cambrege as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Ambridge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ambridge research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ambridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ambridge Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ambridge include Cambridge, Cambrigge, Cambrigg, McCambridge and others.

Early Notables of the Ambridge family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Ambridge family to Ireland

Some of the Ambridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Ambridge migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ambridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ambridge, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [4]

New Zealand Ambridge migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ambridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Ambridge, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Loch Fleet" in 1878
  • Eilene Ambridge, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Loch Fleet" in 1878
  • Winnifred Ambridge, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Loch Fleet" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Ambridge (post 1700) +

  • Cameron Ambridge (b. 1978), Australian Screen Actors Guild Award winning stuntman in the Film and Television industry, known for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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  • Mr. Walter C Ambridge (b. 1918), English Sergeant serving for the Royal Marine from Wavendon, Bletchley, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]


The Ambridge Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1853.shtml
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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