Chamberray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Chamberray family
The surname Chamberray was first found in Denbighshire where William de Chambre (fl. 1365?), was one of the continuators of Robert de Graystanes' 'Historia Dunelmensis,' appears to have flourished in the latter half of the fourteenth century; unfortunately very little is known of his lineage. 
Early History of the Chamberray family
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Chamberray 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 Chambre, ChamBerry, Chambry, Chambury, Chamby and many more.
Early Notables of the Chamberray family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Chambre (1470-1549), English physician whose name is also spelt Chamber, Chambyr, and Chambers, born in Northumberland, studied at Oxford, where he was elected fellow of Merton College...
Migration of the Chamberray family
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 Chamberray or a variant listed above: Ann Chamby who settled in Virginia in 1651; James Chambore settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1820.