Show ContentsEmerlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Emerlay is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a leader or ruler. The surname Emerlay originally derived from the Old English word Amalric which referred to someone who held great power. The surname Emerlay 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 Emerlay family

The surname Emerlay 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 Emerlay family

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Emerlay Spelling Variations

Emerlay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Emerlay have been found, including Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.

Early Notables of the Emerlay family

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Migration of the Emerlay family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Emerlays to arrive on North American shores: 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. on Facebook