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Where did the German Gump family come from? When did the Gump family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gump family history?

The ancestral home of the Gump family is Bavaria. Gump is a local name for a person who lived in Bavaria, where their name rose to prominence through their involvement in the social and cultural affairs of the area.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Gump include Gummer, Gumer, Gumme, Gumm, Gum, Guma, Gumma, Gummers, Gumers, Gumen, Guemel, Gummere, Gummen, Gummel, Gummle, Gumere, Gumen, Gumel, Gumle, Gummaer, Gumaer, Guemmer, Gommer, Guemer, Gomer, Guemmere, Guemmen, Guemmel, Gommere, Gommen, Gomere, Gomen, Guemel and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where in ancient times the name Gummer came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the region's feudal society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the household acquired distant estates which in turn elevated their social status.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gump research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) covering the year 1688 is included under the topic Early Gump History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gump or a variant listed above:

Gump Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • George Gump, who arrived in Maryland in 1709
  • Hans Joreg Gump, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johb George Gump, who landed in Maryland in 1732

Gump Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mr. A.S. Gump, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Mrs. A.S. Gump, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Jennie Gump, aged 34, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • A.S. Gump, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Mrs. Alfred L. Gump, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1906


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  • Scott Gump (b. 1965), American professional PGA golfer, wining three Nationwide Tour victories including The Players Championship in 1999
  • Carissa Gump (b. 1983), née Gordon, American weightlifter, five-time consecutive American Open champion (2002-2006)


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