Origin of the Name Eames
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Eames
include Eame, Ealmes and Emes. This ancient name is derived from the old English word 'eme' which means 'uncle'. This name is of usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Mary Emes of County Norfolk who was recorded in the 'History of Norfolk', England , in the year 1608. A Thomas Ealmes and Catherine Lambarte were recorded as having been granted a marriage license in London in the year 1567.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
This name spread into Ireland during the seventeenth century and especially into the Province of Ulster where a good representation of the name can still be found in the Northern Counties to this very day.
The Eames coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Eames descendants.