Empsall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Empsall family

The surname Empsall was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Embsay, with Eastby, a township, in the parish and union of Skipton, E. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross. "This place was distinguished for its priory, founded in 1120, for Augustine canons, by William de Meschines and his wife Cecilia de Romili, and which, after flourishing for about thirty years, was removed by their daughter Adeliza to Bolton: a chapel was continued long after its removal. " [1]

Important Dates for the Empsall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Empsall research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 163 and 1631 are included under the topic Early Empsall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Empsall Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Embsay, Empsall, Empsay, Empshall, Emsall, Empsall, Emsay, Empsale, Embsale, Emsale, Elmsall, Elmsay, Hemshall, Hempshall, Hempsale, Hempsall and many more.

Early Notables of the Empsall family (pre 1700)

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Empsall migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Empsall name or one of its variants:

Empsall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alberta M Empsall, aged 51, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1914
  • George H. Empsall, aged 57, who settled at Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1920
  • Mabel Empsall, aged 38, who settled at Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1920

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Citations

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