This surname 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. 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. 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.
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