Empsay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Empsay family
The surname Empsay 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. " 
Important Dates for the Empsay family
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Empsay Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Empsay include Embsay, Empsall, Empsay, Empshall, Emsall, Empsall, Emsay, Empsale, Embsale, Emsale, Elmsall, Elmsay, Hemshall, Hempshall, Hempsale, Hempsall and many more.
Early Notables of the Empsay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Empsay family
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Empsays to arrive on North American shores: settlers were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled on the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Boston, to Virginia, to Florida, and to the islands..
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.