This surname of ARMEL was originally derived from a Germanic personal name composed of the element AMAL (bravery, vigour). The name was introduced into England by the Normans during the Invasion of 1066. In Old French the given name has a profusion of different forms which include AMALRIC, AUMARIC, AMAURI, EMAURRRI, HAIMERI and YMERI. Other spellings of the name include AMORY, EMERY, EMARY, EMMEL, EMMLEIN and AHMELS, to name but a few. The earliest of the name on record appears to be AMALRICUS (without surname) who was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. Other instances of the name include EMERY Tilney and Elizabeth Hart, who married at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in 1602. Edmund Baker married Easter EMERYE at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1669. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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