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About the study
I mainly hold family history data from circa 1513 for the Emm/Emme surname and other Emm/Emms/Emme information. Most of the information is UK based.
The world's first EMMPOSIUM took place on the 27th and 28th May 2006 in Wiltshire, UK for anyone with the surname Emm, Emme or Emms - by marriage or maiden name. It was a tremendous success. The next one is being held in Bratton and Broad Chalke, Wiltshire on the 3rd and 4th May 2014. Please contact me for details. Anyone with Emm or Emms in their family history is welcome to attend.
History of the name
Sir Henry Em (Eam) was a stranger knight and an original member of the Order of the Garter founded by Edward III in 1348. It is an Emm myth that he was the Black Prince's bodyguard. However, no Emm researcher has discovered any descendants from this man.
In 1860, a cordwainer, Walter Thomas Emms, was tried in the celebrated (and infamous) Stepney Murder Case. He was acquitted but the other suspect, John/James Mullins, was hanged. Sir Conan Doyle investigated the murder himself in 1901.
Obviously, everyone is now aware of the World Champion badminton athlete, Gail Emms and her badminton partner Nathan Robertson but have you also heard of the late-Victorian artist John Emms and Hettie King, the music-hall artiste whose real name was Winifred Emms? Oh, and Diana Dors' second husband, the late Richard Dickie Dawson was, originally, Colin Emm.
For further information on these, please contact me.
Distribution of the name
The Emm/Emme surname appears to have started around the Wiltshire, (UK) area, although, since emigration and the largescale movement of people, it is now found all around the world. Emm (s) are found in the Broad Chalke area of Wiltshire from circa 1720. Before this, they were still bordering Salisbury Plain but further north in Sutton Veny and Bratton.
The Emms surname is largely based in Norfolk.
The Emm contingent in the US, however, is largely based on German immigration.