The name Imber came to England
with the ancestors of the Imber family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Angevin personal name Imbert
Early Origins of the Imber family
The surname Imber was first found in Auvergne, which was part of the Angevin Empire held by Henry 2nd of England
. Their ancient seat was at Montferrand (now Clermont-Ferrand).
Early History of the Imber family
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Imber Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Imbert, Imburt, Imberd and others.
Early Notables of the Imber family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Imber family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Imber name or one of its variants:
Imber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nathan Imber, aged 4, who arrived in America from Odessa, in 1892
Imber Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Nathan Imber, aged 26, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1910
- Paula Imber, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1910
- Horace Stanley Imber, aged 37, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1910
- Ida Imber, aged 26, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1911
- Baruch Imber, aged 31, who arrived in America from Nagorzanka, Austria, in 1911
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Imber Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Amy Imber, aged 32, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1915
Contemporary Notables of the name Imber (post 1700)
- Annabelle Clinton Imber, American jurist, Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court
- Gerald Imber, American plastic surgeon, specializing cosmetic surgery
- Nicky Imber (1920-1996), Austrian artist who after escaping the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, dedicated his life to sculptures depicting Jewish themes
- Michael "Mike" John Imber (1940-2011), New Zealand ornithologist known for his research work and expertise on petrels