This surname was of two-fold origin, it was a baptismal name 'the son of Emma' a favourite font name in County Yorkshire since ancient times. There is also a place Emmott in County Lancashire from where the original bearer of the name may have lived. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually dwelt. Early records of the name mention EMMOTA (without surname) who was documented in the year 1200 in County Berkshire and Emmote Kneyt, 1273 County Yorkshire. Johannes Emmotsone, of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. 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. A later instance of the name mentions a George Emmott and Mary Harding who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1710. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th until the 15th century. They had not been in use in England before the Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066, when they were introduced into England by the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for a gentleman to have but one single name, as the meaner sort. It was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that it became general practice for all people. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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