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

The ancestors of the Gorringe family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in the places named Goring in Oxfordshire and Sussex. The place-name was originally derived from the Old English word Garingas, which means people of Gara. This name is a short form of various compound names with the first portion gar, which means spear.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gorringe were recorded, including Goring, Gorring, Goringe, Gorringe, Goreing and many more.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Goring. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, Goring was a village held by Robert from tenant in chief Earl Roger. Conjecturally Robert was the founder of this family name.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorringe research. Another 373 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1750, 1585, 1663, 1621, 1628, 1615, 1671, 1608, 1657, 1658, 1628, 1629, 1622, 1702, 1660, 1660, 1661, 1661, 1679, 1646, 1685, 1673, 1678, 1679, 1685 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Gorringe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 209 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gorringe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gorringe arrived in North America very early: Joseph Gorring who settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1820; Elizabeth Gorring settled in Virginia in 1677.

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  • Henry Honychurch Gorringe (1841-1885), American naval officer, best known for successfully removing Cleopatra's needle from Alexandria, Egypt and re-erecting it in Central Park, New York City
  • Lieutenant General Sir George Frederick Gorringe KCB, KCMG, DSO (1868-1945), English Field Commander in the British Army during the Anglo-Boer War, World War I, on the Palestine and Western Fronts
  • The Reverend Professor Timothy Jervis Gorringe (b. 1946), English St Luke's Professor of Theological Studies in the University of Exeter
  • Captain Frank Clifford Gorringe (b. 1889), English World War I flying ace credited with 14 aerial victories
  • Hubert Maurice Gorringe (1886-1958), English cricketer
  • Allan Lindsay Gorringe (1884-1918), English cricketer
  • Horace Charles "Horrie" Gorringe (1895-1994), Tasmanian-born, Australian rules football player, inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2011


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  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Gorringe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gorringe 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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