Bambrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Bambrick is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parish of Aysgarth in North Yorkshire. [1] [2] [3]

The family originated in Bainbridge, which derives from the Old Norse words Beinn which literally means straight, and from the Old English word "Brycg" which means bridge. [4] According to tradition, a Saxon by the name of Bayn defended a bridge against the enemy.

Early Origins of the Bambrick family

The surname Bambrick was first found in North Yorkshire where Bainbridge is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district. This township holds about 14,210 acres, and takes its name from the river Bain. The Roman name for Bainbridge was Virosidum and the remains of a Roman Fort are located just outside the village. [5]

"Bainbridge is a name that is also well represented in one form or another in the neighbouring counties of Yorkshire and Westmorland. The old family of Bainbrigg of the county of Durham dates back to the 15th century; and last century several mayors of the city of Durham bore the name of Bainbridge (S.), which is yet represented there. At present the name is mostly established in the Darlington district. In fact Bainbridge has been a Darlington name since the time of Elizabeth (Long.). It has also been established in Stocliton - on - Tees since the middle of the 16th century, when John Baynbridge was mayor. Bainbrigg, or Bainbrige, was the name of a High Sheriff of York in the time of Henry V., and of an archbishop of York and a primate of England in the time of Henry VIII. The Bainbrigge family of Derbyshire came from Wheatley, in the West Riding, in the 16th century; they represented Derby in the parliament during that century." [6]

One of the first records of the family was that of Matilda de Baynbrigg who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire in 1301. Later Robert Baynbryg was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [7]

Bembridge is a village and civil parish on the easternmost point of the Isle of Wight where the Bembridge Windmill is the only remaining windmill on the Isle of Wight and dates from around 1700.

Early History of the Bambrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bambrick research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1462, 1514, 1511, 1514, 1582, 1643, 1545, 1606, 1556, 1646, 1636, 1703 and 1583 are included under the topic Early Bambrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bambrick Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bambrick were recorded, including Bainbridge, Bainebridge, Banbridge, Bainbrigg, Baynbrigg and many more.

Early Notables of the Bambrick family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Christopher Bainbridge (1462-1514), Archbishop of York, who was made a Cardinal by Pope Julius II on 10 March, 1511. "He was born of a good family at Hilton, near Appleby, in Westmorland. He is said to have been fifty years old at his death. He was poisoned in 1514 by one of his stewards, an Italian priest named Rinaldo de Modena. The man was taken and thrown into the castle of St. Angelo, where he not only confessed his crime, but stated that he had done it at the instigation of Silvester de Giglis, bishop...
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United States Bambrick migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bambrick family emigrate to North America:

Bambrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Minnie Bambrick, aged 16, who landed in America from Kilkenny, in 1897
Bambrick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Catharine Bambrick, aged 22, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1908
  • Katherine Bambrick, aged 11, who landed in America from Larkhall, Scotland, in 1912
  • Teresa Bambrick, aged 9, who immigrated to the United States from Larkhall, Scotland, in 1912
  • Mary Bambrick, aged 33, who immigrated to America from Monaghar, Ireland, in 1915
  • Edwin Bambrick, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Monaghar, Ireland, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bambrick migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bambrick Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Harry Bambrick, aged 17, who immigrated to St Johns, Newfoundland, in 1917

Australia Bambrick migration to Australia +

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

Bambrick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Bambrick, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside" [8]
  • Robert Bambrick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849 [8]
  • Harriett Bambrick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849 [8]
  • Ellen Bambrick, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

Contemporary Notables of the name Bambrick (post 1700) +

  • Gertrude Bambrick (1897-1974), American silent film actress
  • Walter Stenrod Bambrick (1888-1956), American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Weirton, West Virginia, 1916-23, 1947-56 [9]
  • Thomas Thurman Bambrick (1876-1940), American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Hollidays Cove, West Virginia, 1933-38 [9]
  • George Loran Bambrick (1869-1951), American Democratic Party politician, Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney; Member of West Virginia State Senate 1st District, 1945-48 [9]
  • Valentine Bambrick VC (1837-1864), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Winifred Estella Bambrick (1892-1969), Canadian classical musician and novelist
  • Joe Bambrick (b. 1983), retired Northern Irish footballer


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CHEAPSIDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cheapside.htm
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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