Emory History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Emory family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes 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 Emory family

The surname Emory 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 Emory family

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Emory Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Emory include Emery, Emmery, Emory, Emmory, Emerye, Emmerie and others.

Early Notables of the Emory 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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Emory Ranking

In the United States, the name Emory is the 5,586th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]


United States Emory migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Emory were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Emory Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Emory, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [4]
  • Arthur Emory, who landed in Maryland in 1666 [4]
Emory Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J F Emory, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • Mrs. Emory, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • William S Emory, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • L Emory, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • M A Emory, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Emory (post 1700) +

  • Steven Emory (b. 1989), American soccer player
  • Logan Emory (b. 1988), American soccer player
  • Kenneth Pike Emory (1897-1992), American anthropologist
  • William Hemsley Emory (1811-1887), United States Army officer and surveyor of Texas
  • Ed Emory (1938-2013), American football player and coach
  • W. O. Emory, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1908, 1916 [5]
  • L. Winder Emory, American politician, U.S. Consul in Acapulco, 1860-61 [5]
  • John R. Emory, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1860 [5]
  • James S. Emory, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Kansas, 1864-67 [5]
  • George S. Emory, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916 [5]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Emory 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)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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