Show ContentsEmmerlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Emmerlay comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a leader or ruler. The surname Emmerlay originally derived from the Old English word Amalric which referred to someone who held great power. The surname Emmerlay 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 Emmerlay family

The surname Emmerlay 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 Emmerlay family

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Emmerlay Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Emmerlay has undergone many spelling variations, including Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.

Early Notables of the Emmerlay family

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Migration of the Emmerlay family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Emmerlay were among those contributors: 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. on Facebook