Emblay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Emblay was formed many centuries ago by the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name typically given to a leader or ruler. The surname Emblay originally derived from the Old English word Amalric which referred to someone who held great power. The surname Emblay 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 Emblay family

The surname Emblay was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where John de Emlay was listed in 1304. [1] Today Emley or Elmley is a parish, in the Upper and Lower divisions of the wapentake of Agbrigg in Yorkshire. [2]

Early History of the Emblay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Emblay 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 Emblay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Emblay Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Emblay include Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.

Early Notables of the Emblay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Emblay family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: James Emilly who settled in Charleston in 1832; Michael Emberley settled in St. Christopher in 1685.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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