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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Ambrose family name to the British Isles. Ambrose comes from the medieval given name Ambrose, which was in turn derived from the Latin Ambrosius, which means immortal. The name Ambrose was extremely popular and spread rapidly because of devotion to Saint Ambrose, who lived during the 4th century and was one of the four Fathers of the Western Christian church.

Ambrose Early Origins



The surname Ambrose was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor in that county. Some say that this name is descended from the Greek, meaning "immortal or divine," but it is more likely that the name is Norman and is taken from one of the great fathers of the Latin Church. Pierre de Ambroise was the Seigneur of Chaumont in Normandy and was living in 1440, apparently the surviving Norman branch of the family name. This family intermarried with the descendants of King Charles VII of France and is directly descended from Jacqueline, the King's mistress. The family were settled in Lancashire soon after the Norman Conquest.

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Ambrose Spelling Variations


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Ambrose Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Ambroase, Ambrose, Ambross, Ambroyse, Ambrusious, Ambrusius, Ambros, Ambroise, Ambrorrows, Ambroroughs, Ambury, Amburys, Amborows, Ambroraes, Ambesace, MacAmbrose, McAmbrose and many more.

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Ambrose Early History


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Ambrose Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ambrose research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1488 and 1499 are included under the topic Early Ambrose History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ambrose Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ambrose Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ambrose Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ambrose In Ireland


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Ambrose In Ireland



Some of the Ambrose family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ambrose or a variant listed above:

Ambrose Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mr. Ambrose, who settled in Virginia in 1621
  • Isaack Ambrose settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Joshua Ambrose, who came to New England in 1635
  • Isaac Ambrose, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Isack Ambrose, aged 18, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ambrose Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Ambrose, who was a bonded passenger, arriving in America in 1700
  • Mathies Ambrose, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johann Ambrose, who landed with his wife Elizabeth in Georgia in 1733-34
  • Jo and Eliz Ambrose, who settled in Georgia with their daughter in 1733
  • Mateas Ambrose came to Maryland in 1734
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ambrose Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Ambrose, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Maryland in 1840
  • William C Ambrose, who arrived in New York in 1843
  • G Ambrose, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Nicholas Ambrose, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1857
  • Charles Ambrose, who landed in Arkansas in 1861

Ambrose Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Margaret Ambrose U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Carleton, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Lt. Michael Ambrose U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Saint Martins, Saint John County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Ambrose Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Susan Ambrose, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"
  • Anne Ambrose, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"

Ambrose Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • C. Ambrose arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • Annie Ambrose, aged 30, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Leah Ambrose, aged 15, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ambrose (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ambrose (post 1700)



  • Stephen Edward Ambrose (1936-2002), American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon
  • Lauren Ambrose (b. 1978), born Lauren Anne D'Ambruoso, American actress
  • Ashley Ambrose (b. 1970), retired American NFL football player
  • Elizabeth Z. Ambrose, American Republican politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Beaver County 2nd District, 1954
  • Donetta W. Ambrose (b. 1945), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1993-
  • Daniel Webster Ambrose Jr. (1896-1992), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948
  • Daniel W. Ambrose, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virgin Islands, 1956, 1960
  • Christopher Ambrose, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2004, 2008
  • Alma Harrison Ambrose, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1940
  • A. Povah Ambrose, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Port Louis, 1884-97
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ambrose Historic Events


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Ambrose Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Ambrose (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Ambrose


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Suggested Readings for the name Ambrose



  • The Blake-Ambrose Family History by Irma Ruth M. Anderson.

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Ambrose Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Ambrose Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ambrose 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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