Emiley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Emiley is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a name for a leader or ruler. The surname Emiley originally derived from the Old English word Amalric which referred to someone who held great power. The surname Emiley 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 Emiley family

The surname Emiley 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 Emiley family

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Emiley Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Emiley has been recorded under many different variations, including Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.

Early Notables of the Emiley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Emiley family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Emiley or a variant listed above: 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.


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