Empringham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Empringham is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Empringham family lived in Norfolk. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Herpingham, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Empringham family

The surname Empringham was first found in Norfolk where they were conjecturally descended from Roger Bigod, one of the most distinguished of all Norman nobles, who was granted the lands by King William, Duke of Normandy after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D, and was a junior branch of the Bigots. The village of Erpingham or anciently Herpincham consisted largely of a church and cottages, and was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. "The church, which is in the decorated and later English styles, with a lofty embattled tower, was repaired in 1841; in the south aisle is a brass effigy of a knight in armour, to the memory of Sir John de Erpingham, a great contributor towards the erection of the church." [1]

Early History of the Empringham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Empringham research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Empringham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Empringham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Empringham have been found, including Erpingham, Erpincham, Herpingham, Herpincham, Empringham and many more.

Early Notables of the Empringham family (pre 1700)

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United States Empringham migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Empringham were among those contributors:

Empringham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Empringham, aged 45, who immigrated to Syracuse, N.Y., in 1914
  • William Arthur Empringham, aged 36, who landed in America from London, England, in 1915
  • James Empringham, aged 47, who settled in Yorkers, N.Y., in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Empringham (post 1700) +

  • Charles Empringham, Professor of Sociology
  • David Empringham (b. 1963), Canadian auto racing driver, winner of the 2005 Grand-Am Cup GS


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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