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Where did the Irish Gormly family come from? What is the Irish Gormly family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gormly family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gormly family history?Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Gormly is "O Gormghaile" in Connacht, or "O Goirmleadhaigh" in Ulster.
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period because the general population had to rely on local official's understanding of how their name should be spelt, hence spellings in records often changed through a person's lifetime. The following variations for the name Gormly were encountered in the archives: Gormley, O'Gormley, Grehan, Gormleigh, Gormly, Gormlie, Grimes and many more.
First found in County Donegal, where the Gormly family held a seat from very ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gormly research. Another 415 words(30 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gormly History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Gormly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Gormly to North America:
Gormly Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Gormly Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Gormly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gormly 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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