The surname of EMM was a baptismal name 'the son of Emma', which was derived from the female given name Emma, introduced into England by the Normans, among whom it was extremely popular. Early records of the name mention Robert Em of Stody who was recorded in County Norfolk, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Thomas Emms of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and William Emm appears in County Lancashire in 1400. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during the Invasion of 1066 were of three kinds. There were names of Norse origin which their ancestors had carried into Normandy; names of Germanic origin which the Frankish conquerors had brought across the Rhine and which had ousted the old Celtic and Latin names from France, and Biblical names and names of Latin and Greek saints. These names they retained even after the customs and language of the natives of Northern France had been adopted by them. After the Norman Conquest not only Normans, but Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England, and quite a few found their way north into Scotland. Later instances of the name include Edmund Emmes who was the rector of Hasingham, County Norfolk, 1554. Henry Smyth married Emme Unquier, St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1592. Nicholas Emms was sheriff of Norwich 1622. Buried. Em White (an ancient mayd) St. Mary, Aldermary, London in 1631. The name is also spelt Emme, and Emps. The associated coat of arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. 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. 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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