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This surname EMMINGS was a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Hemmings' a now forgotten personal name. After the Crusades in Europe, in the 11th 12th and 13th century people began, perhaps unconsciously, to feel the need of a family name, or at least a name in addition to the simple one that had been possessed from birth. The nobles and upper classes, especially those who went on the Crusades, observed the prestige and practical value of an added name, and were quick to take a surname. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Ysmeine de Cherchfeld, who was documented in County Yorkshire in the year 1199. Ismenia Hismena appears in County Suffolk in the year 1206, and Rogerus filius Immine was recorded in 1219. Thomas Emmyng who was recorded in the year 1296 in the County of Sussex was yeoman of London. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but they were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. It was not until the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) that it became common practice for all people. Later instances of the name include Emonie Thurston who was recorded in 1610 in London, and William Best and Frances Immynes were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1707. Samuel Love and Jane Imons were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1782, and Joseph Grey and Ann Emmons were married at the same church in 1792. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification.

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