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

Gamish is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Gamish family lived in Gamaches, in Normandy. The family name Gamish was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. The Normans frequently used the name of their estate in Normandy as part of their name. The surname Gamish was established by Norman landholders in the county of Herefordshire.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Gamadge, Gamage, Gammage, Gamages, Gamaches and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. This distinguished name appears on the Roll of Battell Abbey honoring those Norman nobles who were present at Hastings.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gamish research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1159, 1285, 1306, 1411, 1563, 1621, 1735, 1803, 1756, 1803, 1758, 1844, 1799, 1842, 1790, 1850, 1842, 1859, 1828, 1913, 1853 and 1939 are included under the topic Early Gamish History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 179 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gamish Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Gamish or a variant listed above: Stephen and Thomas Gamadge who settled in Barbados in 1685.

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The Gamish Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gamish 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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