Emrich History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Emrich surname comes from the baptismal name Emmerich, which was originally derived from the Old German word that means ruler.

Early Origins of the Emrich family

The surname Emrich was first found in the Rhine region, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The name may have its origin in the ancient Roman colony of Embrika or Emrik, mentioned as early as the 7th century, which became a possession of Brandenburg in 1609. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Emrich family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Emrich research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1732, 1742, 1813, 1824, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Emrich History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Emrich Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Emrich include Emmerich, Emmrich, Emerich, Emrich, Emmerick, Emerick, Emmerik, Emerik, Aemerich, Aemerik and many more.

Early Notables of the Emrich family (pre 1700)

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United States Emrich migration to the United States +

Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Emrich were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Emrich Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Michael Emrich, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Johannes Emrich, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Jho Michel Emrich, who landed in New York in 1710 [1]
  • Johan Nickel Emrich, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Jacob Emrich, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Emrich Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wilh Emrich, who landed in America in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Emrich (post 1700) +

  • Richard Stanley Merrill Emrich (1910-1997), American clergyman, the seventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
  • Brian Emrich (b. 1961), American two-time award nominated sound engineer and composer, known for his work on The Wrestler (2008), Requiem for a Dream (2000) and The Fountain (2006)
  • Alan Emrich, American writer about and designer of video games, awarded the Blomgren / Hamilton Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2001
  • Clyde Emrich (b. 1931), American Olympic weightlifter at the 1952 Olympics, Senior National Champion (1952, 1956, 1967, and 1959)
  • Edwin Emrich, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1964 [2]
  • Armin Emrich (b. 1951), German bronze medalist team handball player at head coach for the German women's national handball team (2005-2009)
  • Emrich M. Stellar Sr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000, 2004 [3]

Bismarck
  • Albert Emrich (d. 1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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