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Where did the English Eames family come from? What is the English Eames family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eames family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eames family history?

Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Eames was recognized on the island as a name for a good friend or beloved one. The name was originally derived from the Old French given name or nickname Amis or Ami, which means friend.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Ames, Amess, Amies, Amis, Amiss, Amos, Hames, Haymes, Eames, Emmes and many more.

First found in the county of Northumberland, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They originated from Exmes, a town in the department of Orne, in Normandy.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eames research. Another 355 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1889, 1640, 1692, 1721, 1576, 1633, 1619, 1695, 1689, 1759, 1641, 1721 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Eames History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 169 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eames Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Eames or a variant listed above:

Eames Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Eames, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Thomas Eames, who arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1634

Eames Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Eames, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1777

Eames Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • W J Eames, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A D Eames, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Benjamin T. Eames (1818-1901), American politician, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island
  • Charles Eames (1907-1978), American designer who with his wife Ray designed homes, furniture and created short films
  • Ray Eames (1912-1988), American designer who with her husband Charles designed homes, furniture and created short films
  • Emma Eames (1865-1952), American opera soprano
  • Fred Eames, American billiards champion c. 1910
  • Rebecca Eames (1640-1721), Massachusetts woman accused of being a witch at the Salem witch trials
  • Francis L. Eames, President New York Stock Exchange (1894-1898)
  • Clare Eames (1894-1930), American Broadway actress, stage director and the wife of playwright Sidney Howard, niece of Emma Eames
  • Terry Eames (b. 1957), English football manager and former professional player
  • Fidelma Healy Eames, Irish politician



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fama candida rosa dulcior
Motto Translation: Fame is sweeter than the white rose.


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The Eames Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eames Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2013 at 11:31.

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