Amaray is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Amaray comes from the Old French word amauri,
which means work-rule.
Early Origins of the Amaray family
The surname Amaray was first found in Tours in Normandy
, where the name was spelt D'Amery, or Amaury the delicate of Pontoisse, and they settled in England
after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Amaray family
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Amaray Spelling Variations
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 Amory, Emery, Amery, Ammory, Ammery, Emry and others.
Early Notables of the Amaray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Amaray family to Ireland
Some of the Amaray family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 128 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Amaray family to the New World and Oceana
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 Amaray or a variant listed above: Thomas Emry, who was among the first group of immigrants to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607; Rebecca Emry, who settled in Maryland in 1664; Thomas Amory, who migrated to South Carolina and became Advocate General and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Lord Palatine in 1690.
The Amaray Motto
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: Amore non vi
Motto Translation: Love not by force