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This interesting surname is a patronymic from the English name "Amery", itself deriving from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "amal", bravery, vigour, and "ric", power, introduced into England by the Normans. The first recording of "Amery" as a surname dates from circa 1182, when a Roger Hemeri was listed in the Cartulary of St. Mary, Clerkenwell (Essex). Thus, "Emerson", i.e., "the son of Amery or Emery", is first formed as a surname in records in the early 14th Century. William Emerson is mentioned in 1411, in the Charter of the Priory of Finchale. A Cuthbert Emerson is listed in the Register of the Freemen of the city of York, in 1498...

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