Emmet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The rich and ancient history of the Emmet family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the given name Emma. The surname Emmet is one of the few names in England that derived their name from a female first name. In this case bearers of the surname were referred to as the son of Emma.  This surname also has origins in the place-name Emmett (Emmott), which was in Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Emmet family
The surname Emmet was first found in Lancashire near the village of Laneshawbridge, Colne.
Emmott Hall was a country house located there and possibly dates back to the 14th century. It is thought the family lived there possibly as early as the Norman Conquest. We do know that Christopher Emmott (died 1745), a successful London cloth merchant modernised the existing house in 1737 to give it a Georgian appearance and made several extensions. Upon his death, his nephew changed his name to Emmott in order to inherit the estate. In 1939, the hall was used as military barracks but was later left empty and had to be demolished in 1967.
Frequently seen in early records as a personal name, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Emmote Kneyt, Buckinghamshire; and Emmete de Fur, Cambridgeshire. 
One source goes back further claiming that the family was Norman in origin from Amiot or North Amiota of Normandy, 1195. The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae also lists Robert and Roger Amiot 1198. 
Early History of the Emmet family
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Emmet Spelling Variations
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 Emmet have been found, including Emmett, Emmet, Emott, Emmitt, Emetts and others.
Early Notables of the Emmet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Emmet family to Ireland
Some of the Emmet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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. Among the first immigrants of the name Emmet, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Emmet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Emmet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century