The ancestors of the Eamerlay family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Eamerlay was a name given to a leader or ruler. The surname Eamerlay originally derived from the Old English word Amalric
which referred to someone who held great power.
The surname Eamerlay was part of a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Eamerlay family
The surname Eamerlay was first found in Hampshire
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 Eamerlay family
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Eamerlay Spelling Variations
Eamerlay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Eamerlay have been found, including Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.
Early Notables of the Eamerlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eamerlay family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Eamerlays to arrive on North American shores: James Emilly who settled in Charleston in 1832; Michael Emberley settled in St. Christopher in 1685.