Emblem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Emblem is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the name of an ancestor as in the 'son of Emelin,' popularly Emlin and (with intrusive b) Emblin. Emblem is an imitative corruption. [1]

Early Origins of the Emblem family

The surname Emblem was first found in Dorset where the first on record was found in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was there that we found Anschitil filius Ameline. [2] Over a century later, Godefridus filius Emeline was listed in Winton, Hampshire in 1115. A few years later, John Emelin was listed in Suffolk in 1208 and later again, Geoffrey Amelyn was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. [3]

Early History of the Emblem family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Emblem research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1115, 1296, 1455, 1487, 1663, 1741, 1663, 1651, 1652, 1662, 1697 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Emblem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Emblem Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Emblem has been spelled many different ways, including Emblem, Emblin, Embling, Emlyn, Amblin, Amlin, Emeline, Emline, Emley, Emlam and many more.

Early Notables of the Emblem family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Emlyn (1663-1741), first Unitarian minister in England, born at Stamford, Lincolnshire, 27 May 1663. "The register of St. Michael's, Stamford, has the entry 'June 11th, Thomas, son of Silvester Embling and Mildred his wife baptzd.' The family surname, which is spelled in thirteen different ways, is said to come from the tything of Embley, in the parish of East Wellow, Hampshire; but the Embleys or...
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United States Emblem migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Emblems to arrive in North America:

Emblem Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John William Emblem, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Kings Lynn, England, in 1910
  • E. Emblem, who immigrated to America, in 1917
  • Edward L. Emblem, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Karl Oscar Emblem, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1922


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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