There are two possible origins of this name, the first being that it is a nickname for a carefree person, deriving from the Middle English "aisy", meaning, untroubled, at ease, itself, from the old French "aisie", ease, and the Latin "adiacens", convenient. However Easy may also be a dialectal variant of the locational name "Eastrea", from a place so called in Cambridgeshire, which is suggested by the abundance or recordings in that county, and neighbouring counties Suffolk and Bedford. The derivation in this instance is the Old English pre 7th Century "east", east, with "eg", and island. Amongst the sample recordings in Cambridgeshire are the marriages of John Easey and Ann Barret on October 23rd 1711, at Gamlingay, and of Sarah Easey and James Wenham on November 29th 1748 at Toft. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Easie (christening), which was dated February 20th 1617, London Stanton, Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King James I.
This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and has two distinct possible origins, each with its own history and derivation. Firstly, the name may derive from Emmot, a diminutive pet form of the female personal name Emma, introduced into England by the Normans, among whom it was extremely popular. The ultimate origin is the Germanic "Emma" or "Imma", hypocoristic forms of women's names with a first element "ermin, irmin", whole, entire, universal.
The initial introduction of the name occurred, unusually, before the Conquest of 1066, when Emma, daughter of Richard, Duke of Normandy, married, first, King Ethelrede the Unready in 1002, and later married King Canute in 1017. In England, the personal name was popular from the 11th Century on in the forms "Em" and "Emm", with the variant Emmot being well recorded in the 1273 Hundred Rolls. The name may also be locational from Emmott in Lancashire, recorded as "Emot" in 1296, and so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century "eagemot" meaning "junction of streams". One William de Emot was noted in the 1324 "Court Rolls of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster".
A Coat of Arms granted to the Emmott family of Emmott, Lancashire, is a shield divided per pale azure and sable, with a fesse engrailed ermine between three gold bulls' heads cabossed, the Crest being a hind sejant reguard resting the dexter paw upon a beehive proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ranulph Emmot, which was dated 1332, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Warwickshire", during the reign of King Edward III
This unusual surname is of early medieval English origin, and derives from the female given names Genever or Jen(n)ifer, Cornish forms of the medieval Welsh "Guenever" or "Guinevere", from the Old Welsh "Gwenhwyfar", a compound of the elements "gwen", fair, white, and "(g)wyf", smooth, yielding. The name in its original form was borne by the wife of King Arthur in the legends, and in Anglo-Norman it became "Guenievre". Gwenhevare occurs as a personal name in Shropshire in 1431, and is still used throughout England, though usually disguised under the forms Gonore, Ganor, Gaynor, Ginevra and Wannour, with Vanora being popular in Scotland.
The surname deriving directly from the Cornish "Jenifer" first appears on record prior to the 14th Century (see below), and in 1332, one Henry Juneuyr was noted in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex.
The forms Ennever, Enver, Enefer, Enniver, Inevere and Innover, recorded in English Church Registers from the late 16th Century, result from the dialectal loss of the initial letter from Genever and Jen(n)ifer.
Biography of Minnie Rose Lovgrove (nee Enefer)
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