Empson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Empson comes from the son of Emery.

Early Origins of the Empson family

The surname Empson was first found in Yorkshire 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.

Important Dates for the Empson family

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Empson Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Empson were recorded, including Empson, Emson and others.

Early Notables of the Empson family (pre 1700)

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Empson migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Empson family emigrate to North America:

Empson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Willi Empson, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • William Empson, who landed in Maryland in 1637 [1]
  • William Empson, who arrived in Maryland in 1637 [1]
  • William Empson, who landed in Maryland in 1648 [1]
  • Cornelius Empson who settled in west New Jersey in 1664
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Empson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Empson, who arrived in New England in 1768
Empson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Empson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1837 [1]
  • George Empson, who settled in Bermuda in 1850

Empson migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Empson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Empson, aged 35, a joiner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [2]

Empson migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Empson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Empson, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship London
  • Charles Empson, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Empson (post 1700)

  • G. Raymond Empson (b. 1872), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Delta County, 1915-16 [3]
  • Sir William Empson (1906-1984), English literary critic and poet
  • Sir Richard Empson, English politician
  • Admiral Sir Derek Empson,
  • Sir Charles Empson, Diplomat
  • Tameka Empson (b. 1978), British actress
  • Matthew Empson Welsh (1912-1995), American politician, 41st Governor of Indiana (1961 to 1965)

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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