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Cambridge Name Meaning

Irish (Antrim and Cork): shortened Anglicized form of Mac Ambróis see McCambridge . English: habitational name from Cambridge the university city and county town of Cambridgeshire in East Anglia. Until the late 14th century this place was known as Grantabrycge or Cantebrigge ‘bridge on the (river) Granta’ from a Celtic river name meaning ‘marshy river’. Under Norman influence Granta- became Cam-. English: habitational name from the village of Cambridge near Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. This place is early-recorded as Cambrigga and named for the Cam a Celtic river name meaning ‘crooked winding’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Corbridge, Partridge, Bridge, Eastridge, Delbridge, Akridge

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Where is the Cambridge family from?

You can see how Cambridge families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cambridge family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cambridge families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 264 Cambridge families living in London. This was about 26% of all the recorded Cambridge's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Cambridge families in 1891.
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What did your Cambridge ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Cambridge. 7% of Cambridge men worked as a General Labourer and 77% of Cambridge women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cambridge were Insurance Collector and Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Joiner
  • Insurance Collector

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties
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Passenger Lists

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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Cambridge. For the veterans among your Cambridge ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cambridge lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Cambridge life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Cambridge in 1955 was 51, and 52 in 2004.

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