The English surname Emerson is of patronymic origin, meaning son of or descendant of Emery. The personal name Emery is derived from a Germanic personal name Emaurri, composed of the elements amja meaning “busy, or industrious” and ric meaning “power.” The name was introduced into England from France by the Normans. The earliest record of the name is in 1300 when Richard Emryson is recorded in “The Pipe Rolls for Yorkshire.” In the New World the first record occurs in 1618 when William Emerson arrived in Virginia from England. Today there are 29,000 bearers of the name Emerson living in the United States.
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