Aumarle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Aumarle family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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 Aumarle family

The surname Aumarle 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 Aumarle family

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

Aumarle Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Aubemarle, Aubemale, Aubemare, Aumale, d'Aumale, Aumarle, Aumare, Aubemall, Aubemal, Aumerle, Aumall and many more.

Early Notables of the Aumarle family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Aumarle family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Aumarle or a variant listed above were: 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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