The ancestors of the Amp surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the area that was referred to as Impey in the county of Essex
. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English word imphaga which denoted an enclosure that housed young trees. In this case the original bearers lived near an area where there were young trees or saplings.
Early Origins of the Amp family
The surname Amp was first found in Essex
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.
Early History of the Amp family
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Amp Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Amp include Impey, Impy, Impie and others.
Early Notables of the Amp family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Amp family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Thomas Impey, who settled in Maryland in 1740 with his wife Alice.