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Origins Available: English, Irish
Many variations of the name Gorman have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Gormain, derived from the word "gorm," which means "blue."
The surname Gorman was first found in County Clare, where O'Gorman was chief of Tullichrin, a territory comprising parts of the baronies of Moyarta and Ibrackan. They claim descendancy through the O'Connor pedigree, specifically through Daire, a younger brother of Ros Failgeach. He was the second son of Mor, the King of Leinster and the 109th Monarch of Ireland. The family were the Chiefs of Ibrckan in County Claire.  The Mac (Mc) prefix is rarely found today due to the fact that in the early nineteenth century native Irish "were in complete subjection." 
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Gorman were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Gorman, MacGorman, O'Gorman and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorman research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Gorman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Gorman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Gorman family in North America:
Gorman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mathew Gorman, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
- William Gorman who settled in New England in 1747
- Thomas Gorman, who landed in America in 1760-1763
- James Gorman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763
- William Gorman, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
Gorman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mustie Gorman, who landed in America in 1801
- William Gorman settled in Boston in 1804
- rhos Gorman, who landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1804
- Mrs. Gorman, who landed in Newport, Rhode Island in 1811
- Dennis Gorman, who landed in Newport, Rhode Island in 1811
Gorman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Joseph Gorman, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1901
Gorman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Barney Gorman U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 378 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York
- Mrs. Rebecca Gorman U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
Gorman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Daniel Gorman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1821
- Elizabeth Gorman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821
- Honors Gorman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828
- Richard Gorman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828
- William Gorman, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork
Gorman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Gorman, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Hannah Gorman, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Norey Gorman arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840
- Margaret Gorman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849
- Mary Gorman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849
Gorman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Gorman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
- Elizabeth Gorman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
- John Gorman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
- Joseph Gorman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
- W. Gorman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
- Leon A. Gorman (1934-2015), American businessman and philanthropist, President and Chairman of the Board for the clothing company L.L. Bean, grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean
- James Gorman (b. 1859), American winner of a gold and bronze Olympic medal for shooting at 1908 games
- Cliff Gorman (1936-2002), American actor
- Arthur Pue Gorman (1839-1906), American politician and Senator
- Sir John Reginald Gorman (b. 1923), Northern Irish politician
- William Moore "Terence" Gorman (1923-2003), Irish economist and academic
- Teresa Ellen Gorman (1931-2015), née Moore, a British politician, Member of Parliament for Billericay (1987-2001)
- Mr. Roy J Gorman, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. Alex Gorman, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Master Edmund Alexander Gorman (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
- The Gorman Family History: Including the Genealogy of Their Rider and Armstrong Ancestors by Edith Lynn Mlaker.
- James Henry Gorman of Haverhill, Massachusetts, His Forebears, Family and Descendants by Arthur Ellsworth Gorman.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Primi et ultimi in bello
Motto Translation: First and last in war.
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The Gorman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gorman 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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