Show ContentsIm History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Im name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Im is derived from the baptismal name 'Emma.'' The surname Im referred to the 'son of Emma' which belongs to the category of metronymic surnames. [1]

Early Origins of the Im family

The surname Im was first found in London where the first record is the marriage record of William Kelsea and Isabell Imme, who married at St. Dionis Backchurch in 1574. [2]

Early History of the Im family

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Im 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 Im were recorded, including Im, Imm, Imme, Imms, Immes, Immson, Imson, Immeson, Imeson, Immison, Imison and many more.

Early Notables of the Im family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • John Imison (d. 1788), English mechanic and printer who was in business at Manchester in 1783-1785 as a clock and watch maker and optician, and also as a printer[3]...

Im Ranking

In the United States, the name Im is the 10,213rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Migration of the Im family

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 Im family emigrate to North America: George Imm, who arrived in New York in 1862.

Contemporary Notables of the name Im (post 1700) +

  • im Renacci, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2008 [5]

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 21) . Retrieved from on Facebook