The name Camedge was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Camedge family lived in Gamaches, in Normandy
. The family name Camedge was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. The Normans
frequently used the name of their estate in Normandy
as part of their name. The surname Camedge was established by Norman landholders in the county of Herefordshire.
Early Origins of the Camedge family
The surname Camedge was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. This distinguished name appears on the Roll of Battell Abbey honoring those Norman nobles who were present at Hastings.
Early History of the Camedge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Camedge research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1159, 1285, 1306, 1411, 1563, 1621, 1735, 1803, 1756, 1803, 1758, 1844, 1799, 1842, 1790, 1850, 1842, 1859, 1828, 1913, 1853 and 1939 are included under the topic Early Camedge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Camedge Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Camedge are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Camedge include Gamadge, Gamage, Gammage, Gamages, Gamaches and others.
Early Notables of the Camedge family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Barbara Gamage (1563-1621), a Welsh
heiress, who inherited the Coity estate on the death of her father John Gamage, and later married Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester; as well as Anthony Gamage, who was an Alderman of London. The Camidge... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Camedge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Camedge family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Camedge, or a variant listed above: Stephen and Thomas Gamadge who settled in Barbados in 1685.