Semembre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Semembre came to England with the ancestors of the Semembre family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Semembre family lived in Shropshire. Their name is derived from the Old English word Semebre, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived near a sandy stream or sandy brook. 
Early Origins of the Semembre family
The surname Semembre was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Sambrook in that shire. 
Conjecturally the family name is descended from Turold, a Norman noble, who held the village of Sambrook at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book,  a census of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy in 1086, after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Turold held the village of Sambrook from his tenant-in-chief, the overlord, Earl Roger. The original Saxon name of the village, pre conquest, was Semembre, and the village consisted of a Mill and a few houses.
Early History of the Semembre family
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Semembre 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 Semembre 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 Semembre include Semembre, Sambrook, Sambrooke, Sembrooke, Sembrook, Sanbrook, Sanbrooke, Sandbrooke, Sandbrook and many more.
Early Notables of the Semembre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Semembre family
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 and Ireland 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 Semembre, or a variant listed above: John Sambrooke who settled in Barbados in 1660; Thomas Sandbrooke who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.