The name EMERSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Amory or Emery' a popular font name during the 11th and 12th centuries. This name, of English origin, was found in Ireland at an early date, and were in the province of Ulster during the time of the 'census' of 1659. Early records of the name mention John filius Emerici 1300 County Yorkshire. William Emeryson, 1411 County Somerset, William Emerson and Mary Newce were married in London in the year 1529. The name is also spelt Empson. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. Ralph Waldo EMERSON (1803-82) was an American poet and essayist, he was born in Boston of a long line of Ministers. He graduated at Harvard in 1821, and after teaching at different places, became in 1829 pastor of the second church (Unitarian) in Boston, and married his first wife, Ellen Louisa Tucker (d.1832). In that year he preached views on the lords supper which were disapproved by the majority of his congregation; this led him finally to resign his pulpit.In 1835 he married his second wife, Lydia (Lidian) Jackson (1802-92). In 1836 he published a prose rhapsody entitled Nature, which, like his earlier poems, was read by few, and understood by fewer still, but which contains the germs of many of his later essays and poems. It was followed by 'The American Scholar', an oration delivered at Harvard University. Family names are a fashion we have inherited from the times of the Crusades in Europe, when knights identified one another by adding their place of birth to their first or Christian names. With so many knights, this was a very practical step. In the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries the nobles and upper classes, particularly those descended from the knights of the Crusades, recognised the prestige an extra name afforded them, and added the surname to the simple name given to them at birth. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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