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Early Origins of the Cambern family

The surname Cambern was first found in Cornwall at Camborne (Cornish: Kammbronn, for 'Crooked Hill') [1] a town and civil parish where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Deverell. The town dates back to 1182 when it was first listed as Camberon. [1]

"This parish, which lies in the deanery and in the east division of the hundred of Penwith, is about four miles west from Redruth. Its name, which is neither disgraced nor dignified with the appellation of saint, is said to have been derived from a famous well that was formerly in high repute in this district, known by the name of Cam-burne Well. To this sacred fountain many of the young and aged formerly resorted, to acquire sanctity from its celebrated virtues. But its reputation has been long on the decline, and its magical excellencies are only known from the tales of tradition, or the records of superstition." [2]

Early History of the Cambern family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cambern research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149, 1162 and 1903 are included under the topic Early Cambern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cambern Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Camborn, Camborne, Cambourn, Cambourne, Camburn, Cambyrne, Cambon, Cambern and many more.

Early Notables of the Cambern family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cambern family

In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Cambern were found: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Cambern (post 1700) +

  • Donn Cambern (1929-2023), American Academy Award nominated film editor, known for his work on Easy Rider (1969) and Romancing the Stone (1984), The Bodyguard (1992) and Ghostbusters II (1989), recipient of the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award in 2004

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print on Facebook