Emerson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Emerson family

The surname Emerson was first found in Durham 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 Emerson family

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Emerson Spelling Variations

The name Emerson, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Emerson, Emmerson, Emerston and others.

Early Notables of the Emerson family (pre 1700)

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Emerson Ranking

In the United States, the name Emerson is the 926th most popular surname with an estimated 32,331 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Emerson family to Ireland

Some of the Emerson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Emerson migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Emerson family, or who bore a variation of the surname Emerson were

Emerson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Emerson, who settled in Virginia in 1618
  • Ellis Emerson, his wife Anne, and son Thomas settled in Virginia in 1623 from Durham
  • Ellis Emerson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Jo Emerson, aged 20, who landed in America in 1635 [2]
  • Thomas Emerson, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1639 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Emerson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Emerson, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [2]
  • Susanna Emerson, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • Tho Emerson, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [2]
Emerson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Emerson, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Jonas Emerson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1812 [2]
  • J Emerson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • S A Emerson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • S Emerson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Emerson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Emerson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • George Emerson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Emerson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. John Emerson U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Emerson U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Emerson U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Regiment [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Emerson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Emerson, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • G C M Emerson, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Emerson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Emerson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Emerson, aged 41, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" [4]
  • Robert Emerson, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"

New Zealand Emerson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Emerson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Emerson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
  • Elizabeth Emerson, aged 43, a dairy woman, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Fanny Emerson, aged 24, a dairymaid, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Eleanor Emerson, aged 22, a dairymaid, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Elizabeth Emerson, aged 20, a dairymaid, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Emerson migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Emerson Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Arthur Emerson, who landed in Antigua (Antego) in 1735-1736 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Emerson (post 1700) +

  • William Hundley "Bill" Emerson Jr. (1938-2021), American five-string banjo player, one of the founding members of the original The Country Gentlemen and Emerson & Waldron and considered one of the finest bluegrass banjo players in music history
  • Billy "The Kid" Emerson (b. 1929), American R&B and rock and roll singer and songwriter
  • Michael Emerson (b. 1954), American stage and screen actor
  • Hope Emerson (1897-1960), American film actress
  • George Barrell Emerson (1797-1881), American Educator and pioneer of women's education rights
  • Claudia Emerson (b. 1957), American poet awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Jonathan Emerson (1874-1956), American screen actor
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American poet, essayist, and philosopher, he was called "the sage of Concord" in his home town in Massachusetts, and became the chief spokesman for Transcendentalism
  • Albert Emerson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1880 [6]
  • Abram Emerson, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [6]
  • ... (Another 75 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grover Shoe factory
  • Mr. Frank L. Emerson, American employee of the Grover Shoe factory in Brockton, Massachusetts on 20th March 1905 when the boiler exploded and collapsed the wooden building; he died [7]
  • Miss Georgie B. Emerson, American employee of the Grover Shoe factory in Brockton, Massachusetts on 20th March 1905 when the boiler exploded and collapsed the wooden building; she died [7]


Suggested Readings for the name Emerson +

  • Englis Roots of the Haverhill and Ipswich Emerson by Ralph Stanton Emerson.
  • A Genealogy of the Emerson Family of Vallejo, California: A Branch of the Haverhill Emersons of Massachusetts and New Hampshire by Robley Emerson Passalacqua.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STANDARD 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1852.shtml.
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ California Digital Newspaper from 21st March 1905 (retrieved on 5th August 2021.) Retrieved from https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=SFC19050321.2.19&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN--------1


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