I think you are "overrationalizing" the "change" in spelling. We run into the same problem on the Brokaw Family Genealogical Forum. People are always speculating on WHEN and WHY the name was changed; the assumption is that it was all part of a rational process. Undoubtedly there are some cases in which the spelling of a surname was deliberately changed. But for the most part the changes simply happened. (Like Topsy, they just grew!) It's hard for us to realize that rules of spelling are a fairly recent innovation. As far as the Vanamburgh spelling is concerned. I understand that it was originally Imbroch or Van Imbroch. Somewhere along the line people started pronouncing it Van Amburg(h) but in my own family it starts (in Nova Scotia) as Van Emburg(h) and sometimes appears as Van Imburg(h). Apparently there are Ambers, Van Ambers, and other variations almost without number.
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