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

The name Emmins originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Emma.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Emmins has appeared include Eman, Emmon, Emmond, Emmons, Emmonts, Emon, Emond, Emonds, Emonts and many more.

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Emmins research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Emmins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Emmins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Emmins arrived in North America very early:

Emmins Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Emmins, aged 27, arrived in Virginia in 1773

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The Emmins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Emmins 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.

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