Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Bembry 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 Bembry family
The surname Bembry 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 Bembry family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bembry research.Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1462, 1514, 1511, 1514, 1636, 1703 and 1583 are included under the topic Early Bembry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bembry Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bembry family name include Bainbridge, Bainebridge, Banbridge, Bainbrigg, Baynbrigg and many more.
Early Notables of the Bembry 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 poisoned in 1514 by one of his... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bembry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bembry family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bembry surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bembry (post 1700)
- Leonard L. Bembry (b. 1947), American Democratic politician, Member of the Florida House of Representatives (2008-2013)
- DeAndre' Bembry (b. 1994), American professional basketball player