Camidge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Camidge reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Camidge family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Camidge family lived in Gamaches, in Normandy.
"The castle and vill of Gamaches were situated in the Norman Vexin, and gave name to a Deanery in the Archdiocese of Rouen. Godfrey de Gamaches, who doubtless derived his name from this vill, inherited two knight's fees of old feoffment in the Honour of Lacy. The English interests of his family were therefore established before the reign of Henry I. This Godfrey received from Henry III. a grant of Stottesden in Shropshire, where his posterity remained seated till about 1254. He also obtained Marshall, in the same county, by grant of Richard I., and died before 1176. His second son, William, inherited Mansel-Gamage, Herefordshire, Gamage Hall in Dimock, and other lands in Gloucestershire, and was Constable of Ludlow." 
"The Lords of Gamaches in the French Vexin were said to be descended from Protadius, Mayor of the Palace to Theodoric, King of Orleans, 604." 
Early Origins of the Camidge family
The surname Camidge was first found in Shropshire at Stottesden, a parish, in the union of Cleobury-Mortimer, hundred of Stottesden. 
Early feudal rolls provided the king of the time a method of cataloguing holdings for taxation, but today they provide a glimpse into the wide surname spellings in use at that time.
Godfrey Gamages was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Hertfordshire in 1158; Philip de Camiges in the Hundredorum Rolls for Wiltshire in 1275; Alicia Gamage in the Hundredorum Rolls for Oxfordshire in 1279; and William Camage was listed a a Freeman of York in 1583. 
Early History of the Camidge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Camidge research. Another 136 words (10 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 Camidge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Camidge Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Camidge family name include Gamadge, Gamage, Gammage, Gamages, Gamaches and others.
Early Notables of the Camidge 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...
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Migration of the Camidge family
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Camidge family to immigrate North America: Stephen and Thomas Gamadge who settled in Barbados in 1685.
|Contemporary Notables of the name Camidge (post 1700) ||+|
- Matthew Camidge (1758-1844), English organist and composer, from York, son of John Camidge the Elder 
- John Camidge the Younger (1790-1859), English organist and composer born at York, grandson of John Camidge the Elder
- John Camidge the Elder (1735-1803), English organist and composer born at York in 1735 
- Charles Edward Camidge (1838-1911), English clergyman, 2nd Bishop of Bathurst (1887-1911)
- Walter Camidge (1912-1987), English footballer
- William Camidge F.R.H.S. (b. 1910), British author
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