Embley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The history of the name Embley goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a leader or ruler. The surname Embley originally derived from the Old English word Amalric which referred to someone who held great power. The surname Embley 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 Embley family
The surname Embley was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where John de Emlay was listed in 1304.  Today Emley or Elmley is a parish, in the Upper and Lower divisions of the wapentake of Agbrigg in Yorkshire. 
Early History of the Embley family
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Embley Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Embley family name include Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.
Early Notables of the Embley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Embley family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Embley or a variant listed above: James Emilly who settled in Charleston in 1832; Michael Emberley settled in St. Christopher in 1685.
Contemporary Notables of the name Embley (post 1700) +
- Michael Roper Embley (b. 1938), American politician, 3rd Mayor of West Valley City, Utah (1986-1987)
- Simon Embley, English Group Chief Executive Officer of LSL Property Services Plc, the second-largest estate agent chain in the United Kingdom since 2004
- Lloyd Embley (b. 1966), English newspaper editor, Editor of The People (2008-2012), Editor of the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Mirror (2012-)
- Mike Embley (b. 1955), English broadcast journalist, best known as a presenter for BBC World News
- Edward Henry Embley (1861-1924), Australian physician who studied the effects of chloroform on the human body, awarded the fir St David Syme Research Prize at the University of Melbourne in 1906
- Andrew Embley (b. 1981), former Australian rules footballer who played for the Australia National Team in 2004
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.