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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Gambry family name to the British Isles. They 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.

Gambry Early Origins



The surname Gambry 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.

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Gambry Early History


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Gambry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gambry research. Another 495 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1199, 1203, 1273, 1500, 1664, 1701, 1798 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Gambry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gambry Spelling Variations


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Gambry Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Cambrey, Cambray, Cambrai, Combray, Cambreye, Camray and many more.

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Gambry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gambry Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gambry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gambry or a variant listed above: Joseph Cambrey who arrived in Philadelphia in 1847.

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