The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Remily family lived in Cambridgeshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Romily,
near Eure, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Remily family
The surname Remily was first found in Cambridgeshire
where they were anciently Lords of the Manor. The family emerged from Normandy
where they held a knights fee at Eure, in the arrondisement of Les Andelys, in the canton of Fleury-sur-Andelle. At what time Richard de Romilly arrived to have an interest in the villages of Girton and Barton in the county of Cambridge is unknown. There was conflict between two Norman nobles, Roger de Tosny and Richard de Romilly between 1190 and 1200. Overriding this dispute was another Norman Lord, Gilbert de Miners, who eventually lost these lands, and other unnamed lands in Buckinghamshire.
Early History of the Remily family
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Remily Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Remely, Remelly, Remilly, Remmilly, Remilley, Remiley, Romilly, Rommilly, Romiley and many more.
Early Notables of the Remily family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Remily family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Remily or a variant listed above: Ambrose Remely who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749.