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Where did the French Gamache family come from? What is the French Gamache family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gamache family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gamache family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gamaches, Gamages, Gamache, Gamage, Gamich and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat at Gamaches at Eure in the arrondisement Les Andelys in the canton of Etrepagne. They were a great aristocratic family. The first of this line on record was Godfrey de Gamages, a Norman Baron who held Mansell Gamage in the county of Hereford in England. He had been granted those lands by William, Duke of Normandy, in his conquest of England. In 1184 Matthew and William Gamaches were the Lords who gave a gift to the Abbey of Lyre in a tithe dated that year and executed in Flipou.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gamache research. Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gamache History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gamache Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gamache Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Chani Gamache, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Gamache Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Daniel Gamache, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Chassagnes, France, in 1919
  • Joseph Gamache, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Lyon, France, in 1919
  • James Gamache, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Tom Gamache, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1924


  • Joey Gamache (b. 1966), American professional boxer
  • Simon Gamache (b. 1981), professional NHL ice hockey player


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  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
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The Gamache Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gamache Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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