Aumerle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Aumerle came to England with the ancestors of the Aumerle family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Aumerle family lived in the Norman fief of Aumale, afterwards raised to the rank of a Comte by William the Conqueror. The castle stood on the river Eu (now called the Bresle) at the point where it divides Normandy from Picardy, and had been built about the year 1000 by Guernifroi, Sire d'Aumale, who also founded the neighbouring Abbey of St. Martin d'Auchi. [1]

Early Origins of the Aumerle family

The surname Aumerle was first found in Yorkshire one of the first records of the family was "William, styled Le Gros, second Earl of Albemarle, was one of the greatest potentates of his day, and commanded in chief at the famous victory of Northallerton in 1138. " [1]

Early History of the Aumerle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aumerle research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 100 and 1000 are included under the topic Early Aumerle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aumerle Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Aubemarle, Aubemale, Aubemare, Aumale, d'Aumale, Aumarle, Aumare, Aubemall, Aubemal, Aumerle, Aumall and many more.

Early Notables of the Aumerle family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Aumerle family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Aumerle or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 1 of 3


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