Anglo-Saxon name Impey comes from the family having resided 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 Impey family
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 Impey family
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Impey Spelling Variations
Impey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Impey, Impy, Impie and others.
Early Notables of the Impey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Impey family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Impeys to arrive on North American shores:
Impey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Impey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Impey (post 1700)
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