Show ContentsEmrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Emrick is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Emrick family name comes from the Old French word amauri, which means work-rule or perhaps "valiant and diligent ruler." [1]

Early Origins of the Emrick family

The surname Emrick was first found in Tours in Normandy, where the name was spelt D'Amery, or Amaury the delicate of Pontoisse, and they settled in England after the Norman Conquest in 1066. [2] Consequently, the name was listed as in the Lating form, Haimericus in the Domesday Book. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had only one listing for the family: Roger Ammary in Bedfordshire. [4]

"One branch of this ancient house was long seated at Yatt, co. Gloucester; and another has migrated to the United States, where the name and family of Amory are well known and esteemed." [5]

Early History of the Emrick family

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Emrick Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Emrick has been recorded under many different variations, including Amory, Emery, Amery, Ammory, Ammery, Emry and others.

Early Notables of the Emrick family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Amory (1691-1788), an English-Irish writer best known for his book "Life of John Buncle," and Amory of Knightshaven. He was the son of Councillor Amory, who accompanied William III to Ireland, was made secretary for the...
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Emrick Ranking

In the United States, the name Emrick is the 9,343rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Emrick family to Ireland

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United States Emrick migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Emricks were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Emrick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Peter Emrick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772 [7]
Emrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Emrick, aged 36, who arrived in Missouri in 1841 [7]
  • Charles J Emrick, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1845 [7]
  • William Emrick, who landed in Mississippi in 1848 [7]
  • Johan Emrick, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [7]
  • John Emrick, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Emrick migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Emrick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Henry Emrick U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [8]
  • Mr. Henry William Emrick U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Emrick (post 1700) +

  • Joseph "Joe" Emrick, American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (2011-)
  • Michael "Doc" Emrick (b. 1946), American sports commentator
  • Jeffery A. Emrick, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Olathe, Kansas, 1999; Candidate for Kansas State Senate 9th District, 2000 [9]
  • George J. Emrick, American politician, Mayor of Enid, Oklahoma, 1956 [9]
  • Lieutenant General Keller Emrick Rockey (1888-1970), commander of the Fifth Marine Division in the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II and the Third Amphibious Corps during the occupation of North China following the war. For outstanding services with the Third Amphibious Corps, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (Army) [10]

The Emrick Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Amore non vi
Motto Translation: Love not by force

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  5. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
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  7. 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)
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  10. Keller Rockey. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Keller Rockey. Retrieved from on Facebook