Cambay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Cambay family
The surname Cambay was first found in Denbighshire where William de Chambre (fl. 1365?), was one of the continuators of Robert de Graystanes' 'Historia Dunelmensis,' appears to have flourished in the latter half of the fourteenth century; unfortunately very little is known of his lineage. 
Early History of the Cambay family
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Cambay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cambay have been found, including Chambre, ChamBerry, Chambry, Chambury, Chamby and many more.
Early Notables of the Cambay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Chambre (1470-1549), English physician whose name is also spelt Chamber, Chambyr, and Chambers, born in Northumberland, studied at Oxford, where he was elected fellow of Merton College...
Migration of the Cambay family
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cambay were among those contributors: Ann Chamby who settled in Virginia in 1651; James Chambore settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1820.