Embrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Embrie. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Embrie family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Embrie is a local type of surname and the Embrie family 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 Embrie family
The surname Embrie was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times.
Important Dates for the Embrie family
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Embrie Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of 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 Embrie family (pre 1700)
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Embrie migration to the United States
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Embrie were
Embrie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Embrie, who purchased land in Virginia in 1635
- Henry Embrie, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 
Embrie migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Embrie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Andrew Embrie U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 
- Mr. David Embrie U.E. who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784 
- Mr. David Embrie U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 
- Mr. John Embrie U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X