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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Bambridge 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. 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. According to tradition, a Saxon by the name of Bayn defended a bridge against the enemy.


The surname Bambridge 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. 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.

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bambridge has been spelled many different ways, including Bainbridge, Bainebridge, Banbridge, Bainbrigg, Baynbrigg and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bambridge research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1462, 1514, 1511, 1514, 1636 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Bambridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bambridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bambridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Bambridge, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"

Bambridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Bambridge arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863

  • Ernest Henry Bambridge (1848-1917), English footballer
  • Arthur Leopold Bambridge (1861-1923), English footballer
  • Edward Charles Bambridge (1858-1935), English footballer
  • William Samuel Bambridge (1820-1879), English school-teacher and explorer who accompanied Selwyn and Cotton on the Te Waimate mission, New Zealand, later returning to England where he became photographer to Queen Victoria
  • George Louis St Clair Bambridge (1892-1943), British diplomat
  • Thomas Bambridge (d. 1750), the notorious warden of the Fleet Prison in England found guilty of paying 5000 to John Huggins for the wardenship and committed to Newgate Prison
  • Christopher "Chris" Francis Bambridge (b. 1947), retired Australian football referee

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    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Bambridge Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Bambridge 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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