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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 1939, Carpenter and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Cambridge. 1% of Cambridge men worked as a Carpenter and 54% of Cambridge women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cambridge were Bricklayer and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Carpenter
  • General Labourer
  • Joiner
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Duties
  • Housewife

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

Cambridge Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Cambridge. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cambridge census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Cambridge. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Cambridge Life Expectancy

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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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