The English surname Emery is originally of Norman French origin and was introduced to England following the Norman Invasion in the 11th Century. The name is derived from a Germanic personal name, Emaurri, composed of the elements amja meaning “busy, or industrious” and ric meaning “power.” The first written reference to the name is in 1182 when Roger Hemeri is registered in the "Cartulary of St. Mary's, Clerkenwell", London. Among recordings in London Church Registers are the christening of Thomas Emery on November 26th 1561 at St. Augustine's, Watling Street, and the marriage of John Emery and Mary Cowert on January 16th 1661 at All Hallows, London. Anthony Emery settled in Virginia in 1630 and today there are 25,000 bearers of the name in the US.
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