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Gaskin is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Gaskin family lived in Yorkshire. Their name, however, is not a reference to this place, but to the family's place of residence prior their emigration to England, Gascony, a French province which was occupied by the English from 1152 until 1453. The surname was introduced to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066, as was the wine for which the area was known. Geoffery Chaucer's Old English poem Piers Plowman makes reference to "reed wyn of Gascoigne."

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The surname Gaskin was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire as Saxton, a parish, in the Upper division of the wapentake of Barkstone-Ash. "The parish comprises by computation 4030 acres, and is chiefly the property of the daughters and co-heiresses of R. O. Gascoigne, Esq." [1]

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gaskin family name include Gascoigne, Gascoyne, Gascoine, Gascoin, Gaskoyne and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaskin research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1419, 1404, 1458, 1381, 1535, 1577, 1537, 1602, 1558, 1610, 1644, 1637, 1596, 1686, 1623, 1698, 1659, 1718, 1662, 1723, 1614 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Gaskin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 241 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaskin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gaskin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Gaskin family to immigrate North America:

Gaskin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Gaskin, who landed in Maryland in 1666

Gaskin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Silvesler Gaskin, who arrived in Virginia in 1706

Gaskin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Gaskin, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Edward Gaskin, who landed in New York in 1831

Gaskin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Matthew Gaskin landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Catherine Stuart Forbes

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  • Stephen Gaskin (1935-2014), American counterculture hippie icon
  • Bradley Gaskin, American country music singer & songwriter
  • Leonard Gaskin (1920-2009), American jazz bassist
  • Roderick Victor Gaskin (b. 1934), American jazz bassist
  • Arthur Joseph Gaskin (1862-1928), English illustrator, painter, teacher and designer of jewellery
  • Ida Margaret Gaskin CNZM (1919-2016), Welsh-born, New Zealand schoolteacher and politician, the first woman in New Zealand to win the local version of Mastermind
  • Mr. Amos  Gaskin (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Woodside, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Master George  Gaskin (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Miss Dorothy  Gaskin (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Peadar Gaskin, former Irish football player

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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