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Where did the English Emmitt family come from? What is the English Emmitt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Emmitt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Emmitt family history?

The origins of the name Emmitt are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the given name Emma. The surname Emmitt 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, which was in Lancashire.


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 Emmitt family name include Emmett, Emmet, Emott, Emmitt, Emetts and others.

First found in Lancashire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Emmitt research. Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Emmitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Emmitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Emmitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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. Early immigrants bearing the Emmitt surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Emmitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Emmitt, who landed in America in 1798

Emmitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hammond Emmitt, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"


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The Emmitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Emmitt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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