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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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Cambridge Family Origin

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Cambridge Family Occupations

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

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  • School

    33%
  • Farmer

    25%
  • Fish M

    8%
  • Message Boy

    8%

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Cambridge Life Expectancy

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Between 1955 and 2004, 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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