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[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]

Emma


Author: DWP
Editorial Status: unknown

Discussion of the name

Emma is a Continental Germanic feminine name originating as a hypochoristic form of a compound name with *ermana ‘forceful’ as the first element (Forssner 1916: 69).

There are three entries in the PASE corpus: Emma 1 was an early seventh-century queen in Kent; Emma 2 was the wife of Æthelræd 32 and Cnut 3 who died in 1052; and Emma 3 was the wife of Earl Ralph 3, a post-Conquest instance.

Bibliography

von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Imma

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Emma

  Phillimore edition: Emma

  Alecto edition: Emma

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Tenant-in-Chief 1086 demesne estates (no subtenants)

Shire Phil. ref. Vill TIC DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value TIC ID conf. Show on map
Devon 44,1 Ashton 2 thegns - Emma, wife of Hervey de Helléan - 0.53 0.50 0.50 - Map
Devon 44,2 Hackworthy Eadric 'of Hackworthy' - Emma, wife of Hervey de Helléan - 0.25 0.50 0.50 - Map
Devon 44,1 Ashton Almær 'of Ashton' - Emma, wife of Hervey de Helléan - 1.13 1.00 1.00 - Map
Total               1.91 2.00 2.00  

Subtenant in 1086

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Subtenant DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Subtenant ID conf. Show on map
Devon 16,128 Bridford Beohtric 'of Bratton Clovelly' - Baldwin the sheriff Emma, wife of Baldwin the sheriff 2.00 1.50 2.00 - Map
Gloucestershire 39,18 Siddington Godric 'of Ampney' - Roger de Lacy Emma, mother of Roger de Lacy 3.00 4.00 4.50 - Map
Gloucestershire 39,18 Siddington Leofwine 'of Siddington' - Roger de Lacy Emma, mother of Roger de Lacy 3.00 4.00 4.50 - Map
Devon 16,94 Whimple Almær 'of Larkbeare' - Baldwin the sheriff Emma, wife of Baldwin the sheriff 1.75 6.00 10.00 - Map
Total               9.75 15.50 21.00  

People of this name

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