Show ContentsEmes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name Emes is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a good friend or beloved one. The name was originally derived from the Old French given name or nickname Amis or Ami, which means friend. Alternatively the name could have been derived from the "descendant of Amos (burden-bearer.)" [1]

Early Origins of the Emes family

The surname Emes was first found in the county of Northumberland, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They originated from Exmes, a town in the department of Orne, in Normandy.

"Amos, like Amias or Amyas, represents popular forms of the Norman-French Aimee, or Amys. " [2] Kirby's Quest had the first listing for the family: Thomas Amys, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [3]

Another sources notes: "the present family of Amos, established in the Faversham district, [in Kent] probably can claim an ancestor in Thomas Amos, a well - to - do yeoman of Ospringe, who in 1769 bequeathed £100 for the poor of Molash." [4]

Early History of the Emes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Emes research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1576, 1619, 1633, 1640, 1641, 1689, 1692, 1695, 1721, 1759 and 1889 are included under the topic Early Emes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Emes Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Ames, Amess, Amies, Amis, Amiss, Amos, Hames, Haymes, Eames, Emmes and many more.

Early Notables of the Emes family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Ames (Latin: Guilielmus Amesius) (1576-1633), an English Protestant divine, philosopher, and controversialist; Henry Metcalfe Ames, of Lynden, Northumberland; Joseph Ames (1619-1695), an English naval commander from Norfolk who commanded several ships of war, and made repeated voyages to...
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United States Emes migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Emes or a variant listed above:

Emes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Emes, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634 [5]
  • Mr. Rodolphus Emes, (Elmes), aged 15, from Suffey, who arrived in New England in 1635 aboard the ship "Planter", bound for Scituate [6]
Emes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Emes, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [5]

Australia Emes migration to Australia +

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

Emes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Roderick Emes, a plasterer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Emes, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [7]
  • Henry Emes, aged 58, a cooper, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"

Contemporary Notables of the name Emes (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Emes (d. 1707), known as "the prophet", an English quack doctor and millenarian who prophesied his resurrection from his grave between twelve at noon and six in the evening of 25 May 1708; the government, fearing disturbances, and to prevent any tricks being played, placed guards at the grave and about the cemetery
  • Rebecca Emes (d. 1830), English silversmith
  • William Emes (1729-1803), English landscape gardener, known for his work throughout Britain
  • John Emes (1762-1810), British engraver and water-colour painter, best known by his engraving of the picture by James Jefferys of ‘The Destruction of the Spanish Batteries before Gibraltar,’ husband of Rebecca Emes [8]
  • Ian Ronald Emes (b. 1949), British animator and film director, known for his work with Pink Floyd
  • Frederic Emes Clay (1838-1889), English composer, great friend of Arthur Sullivan

The Emes Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fama candida rosa dulcior
Motto Translation: Fame is sweeter than the white rose.

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. 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)
  6. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from
  7. South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved
  8. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook