Aubemale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Aubemale reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Aubemale family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Aubemale 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 Aubemale family

The surname Aubemale 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 Aubemale family

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

Aubemale 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 Aubemarle, Aubemale, Aubemare, Aumale, d'Aumale, Aumarle, Aumare, Aubemall, Aubemal, Aumerle, Aumall and many more.

Early Notables of the Aubemale family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Aubemale family

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 Aubemale name or one of its variants: 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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