Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Embree family originally lived at the town of Embrough in Devon. The name is also classified as a baptismal name as in the son of Emery.
Early Origins of the Embree family
Devon where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Embree family
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Embree Spelling Variations
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 Embree, Embray, Embury, Embrey and others.
Early Notables of the Embree family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Embree family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Embree:
Embree Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Embree Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Embree Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Embree Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Embree (post 1700)
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