Hi ....here is the story that I have heard. Emo is actually an "Latin Italianated" version of the Irish surname Emagh.
It was often the custom in 18th century to send sons abroad to be educated in Lation in Italy or France (landowning families who could afford to). They may have returned and used a more continental version of the surname and spelled it Emo.
The surname in Irish Gaelic is translated as "to call" or "to call forth" (closest translation) and Emo in Latin means "to buy".
Any other theories out there?
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