Empy is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the area that was referred to as Impey in the county of Essex
. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English word imphaga which denoted an enclosure that housed young trees. In this case the original bearers lived near an area where there were young trees or saplings.
Early Origins of the Empy family
The surname Empy was first found in Essex
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.
Early History of the Empy family
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Empy Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Empy family name include Impey, Impy, Impie and others.
Early Notables of the Empy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Empy family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Empy surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Impey, who settled in Maryland in 1740 with his wife Alice.