Aumale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Aumale arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Aumale 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 Aumale family

The surname Aumale 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 Aumale family

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

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

Early Notables of the Aumale family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Aumale family

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 Aumale or a variant listed above: 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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