This interesting name is one of the metronymic forms of the female given name "Emma", which is ultimately of Old Germanic origin, as "Emma" or "Imma", short forms of various women's names with the first element "Ermin", meaning "entire, universal, whole". The name was adopted by the Normans, and became extremely popular among them as "Emma". The Normans also introduced the name into England; unusually, this was before the Conquest of 1066, and occurred when Emma, daughter of Richard, Duke of Normandy, married, first, King Ethelred the Unready in 1002, and later, King Canute, in 1017. In England the personal name was popular from the 11th Century on, in the form "Em" or "Emm". The surnames Emms, Emson, Empson, Emmison Hemson and Hempson are all metronymics from "Em(m)", unusual in that the surname has developed from the name of the first bearer's mother; most European surnames are patronymic. The marriage of Henry Hempson and Anne Segges was recorded on January 1st 1613 at St. Katherine by the Tower, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Emms, which was dated 1274, in the Shropshire Hundred Rolls, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Empson —   [ empsn], Sir (seit 1979) William, englischer Lyriker und Literaturkritiker, * Yokefleet Hall (bei Kingston upon Hull) 27. 9. 1906, ✝ London 15. 4. 1984; ab 1953 Professor in Sheffield. Seine Arbeiten über die Mehrdeutigkeit der Dichtersprache… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Empson — (izg. èmpsn), William (1906 1984) DEFINICIJA engleski pjesnik metafizičke poezije i književni kritičar, osnivač škole »nova kritika« …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Empson — /emp seuhn/, n. William, 1906 84, English critic and poet. * * * …   Universalium

  • Empson — /ˈɛmpsən/ (say empsuhn) noun William, 1906–84, English poet and critic …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Empson, Sir William — born Sept. 27, 1906, Hawdon, Yorkshire, Eng. died April 15, 1984, London British poet and critic. He studied at Cambridge and later taught in Japan and China. His precocious Seven Types of Ambiguity (1930), which suggests that uncertainty or… …   Universalium

  • Empson, Sir Richard — ▪ English lawyer Empson also spelled  Emson   born , Towcester, Northamptonshire, Eng. died Aug. 17, 1510, London       English lawyer and minister of King Henry VII, remembered, with Edmund Dudley, for his unpopular administration of the crown… …   Universalium

  • Empson, Sir William — (27 sep. 1906, Hawdon, Yorkshire, Inglaterra–15 abr. 1984, Londres). Poeta y crítico británico. Estudió en Cambridge y después fue docente en Japón y China. Su obra precoz Seven Types of Ambiguity [Siete tipos de ambigüedad] (1930), en la cual… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • EMPSON, SIR RICHARD —    a lawyer in the reign of Henry VII.; was Speaker of the House of Commons; incurred the hatred of the populace by acting as the king s agent in forcing payment of taxes and penalties; was convicted of tyranny and treason, and beheaded in 1510 …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Empson, Sir William — (1906 1984)    Born at Yokefleet Hall, Howden, Yorkshire, son of an Army officer, he was educated at Winchester College and studied mathematics and English at Magdalene College, Cambridge. His first book, Seven Types of Ambiguity (1930),… …   British and Irish poets