Blazons & Genealogy Notes
Notes: None. Blazon: Barry of six, or and sable.
Notes: None. Blazon: Barry of six, or and sable.
Italy, England, France
The surname of Emerick is said to be a locational surname stemming largely from the country of England. Since the surname of Emerick is said to be a locational surname, this means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Emerick, the locations from which this surname was recorded include the Roman colonies of Embricka or Emrik. Another possible origin of the surname of Emerick is that it was a nickname. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the case of the surname of Emerick, it is believed that the surname was a derivation of the personal given name of Emmerich, which comes from the Old German word “amalrich” which can be translated to mean “work-power” or “ruler.” Thus, it is believed that the original bearer of the surname of Emerick would have been well-regarded in the community and thought of as a leader.
More common variations are: Emmerick, Emericko, Emerrick, Emeric, Emrick, Emerck, Emmerrick, Emerica, Emricko, Omerick
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Emerick can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of Bezill de Emeric was mentioned in the document known as the Hundred Rolls of the county of Norfolk in the year of 1273. This document was ordered, decreed and written under the reign of one King Edward I of England, who was known throughout the ages, and commonly referred to as one “The Hammer of the Scots.” King Edward I of England was such named because of the horrors and hardships that he enacted upon the people of Scotland during his reign. King Edward I of England ruled from the year of 1272 to the year of 1307.
Throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries, it was very common for European citizens to migrate to the United States of America in search for a better life for them and their families. This large movement of people to the United States was known as the European Migration. Among those who migrated to the United States, which was at that time known as the New World, or the Colonies, was one Johan Nicholas Emerick, who landed in the state of Pennsylvania in the year of 1738. It is possible that someone who bore this surname attempted to travel before the 18th Century, but died in transport.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Emerick: Brazil 6,535; United States 6,520; England 167; France 122; Canada 71; Australia 48; Zimbabwe 11; Madagascar 3; Switzerland 2; Panama 2; Germany 2; Spain 2; Mexico 2
John H. Emerick (1843-1902) who was a leading telegraph operator in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and who was one of twelve military telegraph operators who was awarded a watch from the Secretary of War.
Bob Emerick, who was a football player from the United States of America.
Shannon Emerick, who was a voice actress and a stage actress who was from the United States of America.
Walter Scott “Scotty” Emerick (born in 1973) who was a country music artist from the United States of America.
Paul Emerick (born in 1980) who was an international rugby player from the United States of America.
Louis Emerick (born in 1960) who was a TV actor from the country of England.
Geoffrey Emerick (born in 1946) who was a recording studio audio engineer from the country of England.
The main device (symbol) in the Emerick blazon is the barry. The two main tinctures (colors) are sable and or.
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 2Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 3The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
When the field of the shield is filled with alternately coloured horizontal lines, this is known as barry, obviously because it is like having many separate bars across the field 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Barry. Such shields have great clarity from a distance, those awarded by Henry III of England to Richard de Grey were, for example, Barry argent and azure, simple blue and white horizontal stripes. According to Wade, there was no specific meaning to be attached to barry itself, but it affords the opportunity to display at equal importance two colours that may themselves have specific meanings 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P55.
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|1.||↑||A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable|
|2.||↑||Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26|
|3.||↑||The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35|
|4.||↑||Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27|
|5.||↑||A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85|
|6.||↑||Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53|
|7.||↑||A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Barry|
|8.||↑||The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P55|