Origin of the Name Cambridge
The ancient history of the name Cambridge
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Cambridge include Camidge, Cammage and Gammage. This is a locality name meaning 'of Cambridge', from the famous place in England . This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Johannes de Cambrege, who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379 and an Abraham Cambridge and Millicant Tidman, who were married in Saint Antholin, London, in the year 1729.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland this name and its variants were first introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It is in Ulster as well as in County Dublin that the majority of descendants bearing this name in Ireland can still today be found.
The Cambridge coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Cambridge descendants.