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Cambre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Cambre was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cambre family lived in Leicestershire. The family name, though, is a reference to the area of Cambrai, near Falaise, in Normandy. Originally erected in the 6th century as the Diocese of Cambrai, its jurisdiction was immense and included even Brussels and Antwerp.

Early Origins of the Cambre family


The surname Cambre was first found in Leicestershire, where Godridius (Geoffroi) de Chambrai was awarded estates in return for his service to William the Conqueror. Wace, the Norman poet, mentions Cil de Combrai as one of the knights who challenged King Harold to come forth at Senlac in 1066 and this is probably a reference to Geoffroi de Cambrai.

Early History of the Cambre family


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Cambre Spelling Variations


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Cambrey, Cambray, Cambrai, Combray, Cambreye, Camray and many more.

Early Notables of the Cambre family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cambre family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Cambre or a variant listed above: Joseph Cambrey who arrived in Philadelphia in 1847.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cambre (post 1700)


  • Javier Cambre, Puerto Rican artist

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