The history of the name Emmerlie goes back those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a leader or ruler. The surname Emmerlie originally derived from the Old English word Amalric
which referred to someone who held great power.
The surname Emmerlie 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 Emmerlie family
The surname Emmerlie 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 Emmerlie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Emmerlie research.Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1600, 1691, 1617, 1657, 1640 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Emmerlie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Emmerlie Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Emmerlie family name include Emberley, Emerle, Emerly, Emberly, Emilly and others.
Early Notables of the Emmerlie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Emmerlie family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Emmerlie or a variant listed above: James Emilly who settled in Charleston in 1832; Michael Emberley settled in St. Christopher in 1685.