Last name origins & meanings:
- English: patronymic from the personal name Emery.
- The poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) was born in
Boston of a line on his father’s side that can be traced back through
preachers to the first colonial generation. The name Emerson was
brought over from England independently by various other people,
including a Thomas Emerson who settled at Ipswich, MA, in about
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