Last name origins & meanings:
- 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’.
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