The name Emily has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a leader or ruler. The surname Emily originally derived from the Old English word Amalric
which referred to someone who held great power.
The surname Emily 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 Emily family
The surname Emily 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 Emily family
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Emily Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Emily have been found, including Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.
Early Notables of the Emily family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Emily family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Emily, or a variant listed above: James Emilly who settled in Charleston in 1832; Michael Emberley settled in St. Christopher in 1685.
Contemporary Notables of the name Emily (post 1700)
- Charles H. Emily, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Haddam; Elected 1918 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html