Emberley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Emberley comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a leader or ruler. The surname Emberley originally derived from the Old English word Amalric which referred to someone who held great power. The surname Emberley 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 Emberley family

The surname Emberley 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.

Important Dates for the Emberley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Emberley research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1600, 1691, 1617, 1657, 1640 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Emberley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Emberley Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Emberley has undergone many spelling variations, including Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.

Early Notables of the Emberley family (pre 1700)

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Emberley migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Emberley were among those contributors:

Emberley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Michael Emberley, who settled in St. Christopher in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Emberley (post 1700)

  • Michael Emberley, American illustrator of children's books
  • Edward R "Ed" Emberley (b. 1931), American artist and illustrator, best known for children's picture books, two-time awarded the Caldecott Medal
  • Peter Emberley, British composer who The Gibraltar Anthem, the national song of Gibraltar
  • William James Emberley (1876-1937), Newfoundland fisherman from Bay de Verde who penned the song "Hard, Hard Times," about the plight of Newfoundland fisherman through the Great Depression
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