Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Bembrege 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.
Early Origins of the Bembrege family
The surname Bembrege 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.
Early History of the Bembrege family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bembrege 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 Bembrege History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bembrege 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 Bembrege were recorded, including Bainbridge, Bainebridge, Banbridge, Bainbrigg, Baynbrigg and many more.
Early Notables of the Bembrege 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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bembrege Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bembrege family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bembrege family emigrate to North America: Guy Bainbridge who settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1620; Christopher and Henry Banbridge, who both settled in Virginia in 1635; Robert Banbrig, who settled in Barbados with his servants in 1679.