Emsley Meaning and Origin

Emsley is a unisex name of English origin, meaning “from the elmwood.” It is derived from a place name, most likely from the villages of Emley in West Yorkshire or Elmley in Worcestershire, England. The etymology of the name suggests that it originates from the Old English words “emn” or “elm” combined with “leah,” which means a clearing or meadow. Therefore, Emsley can be interpreted to mean “clearing of the elm trees” or “meadow where elm trees grow.” Like many surnames, Emsley may have undergone variations in spelling and pronunciation over time. Some alternative spellings or related names include Emslie, Emley, Emsly, Emslay, and Emsleigh.

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