Show ContentsImes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Imes has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the baptismal name 'Emma.'' The surname Imes referred to the 'son of Emma' which belongs to the category of metronymic surnames. [1]

Early Origins of the Imes family

The surname Imes 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 Imes family

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Imes Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Imes include Im, Imm, Imme, Imms, Immes, Immson, Imson, Immeson, Imeson, Immison, Imison and many more.

Early Notables of the Imes family

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Imes Ranking

In the United States, the name Imes is the 7,327th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

United States Imes migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Imes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Imes, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Imes (post 1700) +

  • Elmer Samuel Imes (1883-1941), the second African-American to earn a Ph.D. in Physics
  • Bradley Imes Smith (b. 1977), retired American mixed martial artist
  • Monique "Mo'Nique" Imes (b. 1967), American Golden Globe Award winning comedian and actress

  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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) on Facebook