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

Gate is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Gate family lived in Lancashire. The name, however, refers to the family's residence near an important thoroughfare or main road. It derives from the Old English root gate, which means road or thoroughfare.

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Gate, Gates and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gate research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1206, 1260, 1275, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Gate History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Gate name or one of its variants:

Gate Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Gate, who arrived in Maryland in 1662
  • Mary Gate, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Gate Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Peter Gate, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763

Gate Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Gate, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849

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