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Edmerston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Edmerston family

The surname Edmerston was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Emerston. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Early History of the Edmerston family

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Edmerston Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Emerston, Edmerston, Edmeston, Edmerson and others.

Early Notables of the Edmerston family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Edmerston family to the New World and Oceana

A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Edmerston: Andrew Edmeston, who was listed as a British alien in the United States during the War of 1812.

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