Emmery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Emmery are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from an ancient Saxon Chieftain named Almericus. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Emmery family

The surname Emmery was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the singular Latin form Amalricus was listed. [1]

Later in Lincolnshire, in the forename form, Ymnerus filius Reineri was listed c. 1160. The singular Haimeri was found in the Pipe Rolls for Staffordshire in 1170 and a few years later, Haimericus filius Gidhe was found in Lincolnshire c. 1190-1195. We must look to Northumberland in the Curia Regis Rolls 1207-1214 to see the name with early surname spellings: Robertus filius Amalrici, Almarici, Aumarici. Aymery de Rupe Cawardi was found in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1278; Roger Hemeri in Clerkenwell, Essex c. 1182; Robert Amalri in the Curia Regis Rolls for Oxfordshire in 1207; Richard Aumauri in the Curia Regis Rolls for Dorset in 1221; Robert Emeri in Leicestershire in 1223; Robert Heymeri in Cheshire in 1240; Simon Amarik in the Assize Rolls for Yorkshire in 1260; William Emeric in 1276; and Robert Amary, Amory in the Hundredorum Rolls for Berkshire in 1279. [2]

Early History of the Emmery family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Emmery research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1777, 1822, 1777, 1825, 1802, 1792, 1793, 1850, 1842, 1842 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Emmery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Emmery Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Emmery has been spelled many different ways, including Emery, Emmery, Emory, Emmory, Emerye, Emmerie and others.

Early Notables of the Emmery family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Emery (1777-1822), actor, born at Sunderland 22 Sept. 1777, and obtained a rudimentary education at Ecclesfield in the West Riding of Yorkshire. His father, Mackle Emery (d. 18 May 1825), was a country actor, and his mother, as Mrs. Emery, sen., appeared 6 July 1802 at the Haymarket as Dame Ashfield in Morton's 'Speed the Plough,' and subsequently played at Covent Garden. Emery was brought up for a musician, and when twelve years of age was in the orchestra at the Brighton theatre. At this house he made his first appearance as...
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Migration of the Emmery family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Emmerys to arrive in North America: Andrew Emery who settled in Virginia in 1638; Anthony Emery settled in New England in 1630; Francis settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1635; James settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.



The Emmery 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: Fidis et sauvis
Motto Translation: Faith and sweet


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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