The earliest origins of the family name Emerley date back to the Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name given to a leader or ruler. The surname Emerley originally derived from the Old English word Amalric
which referred to someone who held great power.
The surname Emerley 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 Emerley family
The surname Emerley was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Emerley family
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Emerley Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Emerley include Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.
Early Notables of the Emerley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Emerley family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: James Emilly who settled in Charleston in 1832; Michael Emberley settled in St. Christopher in 1685.