The origins of the Impy name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived 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 Impy family
The surname Impy was first found in 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 Impy family
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Impy 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 Impy were recorded, including Impey, Impy, Impie and others.
Early Notables of the Impy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Impy family to the New World and Oceana
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 Impy family emigrate to North America: Thomas Impey, who settled in Maryland in 1740 with his wife Alice.