Camberbirch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Camberbirch reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Camberbirch family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Camberbirch family lived in Cheshire, where they held the title of Lords of the Manor of Comberbach, in the parish of Great Budeworth.
Early Origins of the Camberbirch family
The surname Camberbirch was first found in Cheshire at Comberbach, a civil parish and small village that dates back to the 12th century when it was listed as Combrebeche. The place name literally means "valley or stream on the Britons or of a man called Cumbra," from the Old English "Cumbre," + "bece."  The family held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Comberbach in the parish of Great Budeworth.
Early History of the Camberbirch family
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Camberbirch Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Comberbach, Comberbirch, Commerback, Comeback, Comberback, Cumberbatch, Cumberback, Cumberpatch, Cumberbeach, Cumberbirch, Comberbirch, Comberpatch, Comberbeach and many more.
Early Notables of the Camberbirch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Camberbirch family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Camberbirch name or one of its variants: Thomas Comberbach who arrived in New England in 1635.
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)