Show ContentsAmory History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Amory arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Amory comes from the Old French word amauri, which means work-rule or perhaps "valiant and diligent ruler." [1]

Early Origins of the Amory family

The surname Amory 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 in 1066. [2] Consequently, the name was listed as in the Lating form, Haimericus in the Domesday Book. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had only one listing for the family: Roger Ammary in Bedfordshire. [4]

"One branch of this ancient house was long seated at Yatt, co. Gloucester; and another has migrated to the United States, where the name and family of Amory are well known and esteemed." [5]

Early History of the Amory family

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Amory 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 Amory, Emery, Amery, Ammory, Ammery, Emry and others.

Early Notables of the Amory family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Amory (1691-1788), an English-Irish writer best known for his book "Life of John Buncle," and Amory of Knightshaven. He was the son of Councillor Amory, who accompanied William III to Ireland, was made secretary for the...
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Amory Ranking

In France, the name Amory is the 8,521st most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Amory family to Ireland

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United States Amory migration to the United States +

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 Amory or a variant listed above:

Amory Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Simon Amory, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1672 [7]
  • Jonathan Amory, who landed in South Carolina in 1682 [7]
  • William Amory, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1685 [7]
  • Thomas Amory, who migrated to South Carolina and became Advocate General and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Lord Palatine in 1690
Amory Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Amory, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1721 [7]
  • John Amory, who arrived in Georgia in 1737 [7]
  • I Amory, who landed in Georgia in 1738 [7]
  • John Amory, who settled in Georgia in 1773
  • John Amory, who arrived in Boston in 1776
Amory Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C J Amory, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]

Australia Amory migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Amory Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Amory, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wellington" in 1851 [8]

West Indies Amory migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Amory Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Robert Amory, who landed in Antigua (Antego) in 1713 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Amory (post 1700) +

  • Vance Winkworth Amory (1949-2022), Saint Kitts and Nevis politician and cricketer who served two terms as Premier of Nevis, from 1992 to 2006 and from 2013 to 2017, Minister of Sports in the Nevis Island Administration, eponym of the Vance W. Amory International Airport
  • Derick Heathcoat Amory (1899-1981), 1st Viscount Amory, British Politician
  • Thomas Amory (1691-1788), author
  • Charles-Edward Amory Winslow (1877-1957), American bacteriologist and public health expert
  • Cornelius Amory Pugsley (1850-1936), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from New York 16th District, 1901-03; Defeated, 1902, 1910 [10]
  • Arthur Amory Houghton Jr. (b. 1906), American Republican politician, Vice-president, Corning Glass Works, 1935-40 [11]
  • Arthur Amory Houghton, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1908 [11]
  • Amory Houghton (1837-1909), American President of the Corning Glass Works, the company founded by his father, Amory Houghton, Sr. in 1851
  • Amory Houghton Jr. (b. 1926), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York, 1987-2003; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008 [11]
  • Amory Houghton (1899-1981), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1956; U.S. Ambassador to France, 1957-61; Candidate for Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention at-large, 1966 [11]

RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Phoebe Amory, (née Sledge), Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [12]

The Amory 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

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  5. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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