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Cambridge Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of McCambridge. English: habitational name for someone from either of two places called Cambridge: one in Gloucestershire, the other in Cambridgeshire (the university city). Until the late 14th century the latter was known as Cantebrigie ‘bridge on the (river) Granta’, from a Celtic river name meaning ‘marshy river’. Under Norman influence Granta- became Cam-. It seems likely, therefore, that the surname derives mainly from the much smaller place in Gloucestershire, recorded as Cambrigga (1200–10), 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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  • School

    33%
  • Farmer

    25%
  • Fish M

    8%
  • Message Boy

    8%

In 1881, School, Farmer and Fish M were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cambridge. A less common occupation for the Cambridge family was Message Boy. The most common Cambridge occupation in Canada was School. 33% of Cambridge's were Schools.

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