Emerlie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Emerlie is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a leader or ruler. The surname Emerlie originally derived from the Old English word Amalric which referred to someone who held great power. The surname Emerlie 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 Emerlie family
The surname Emerlie 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 Emerlie family
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Emerlie Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Emerlie has appeared include Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.
Early Notables of the Emerlie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Emerlie family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Emerlie arrived in North America very early: James Emilly who settled in Charleston in 1832; Michael Emberley settled in St. Christopher in 1685.
- 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.