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Gadd Early Origins



The surname Gadd was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Gaddesden, now Great Gaddesden, held by Edward of Salisbury, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Gadd Spelling Variations


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Gadd Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Gadsden, Gaddesden, Gadson, Gadsdon, Gadsden, Gadesdon and many more.

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Gadd Early History


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Gadd Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gadd research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1230 and 1325 are included under the topic Early Gadd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gadd Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gadd Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gadd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Gadd or a variant listed above:

Gadd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Gadd, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Thomas Gadd, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Gadd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nath Gadd, who arrived in Virginia in 1701

Gadd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Gadd, who landed in New York in 1827
  • Charles Gadd, aged 28, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1899

Gadd Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Cuthbert Gadd, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1903
  • Cuthbert James Gadd, aged 29, who settled in America from England, in 1904
  • Dora Mary Gadd, aged 30, who settled in America from England, in 1904
  • Elijah Fred Gadd, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Bristol, in 1905
  • Dora Mary Gadd, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gadd Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • George Reginald Gadd, aged 28, who settled in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, in 1916

Gadd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Gadd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849
  • Walter Gadd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851

Gadd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Gadd, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gadd (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gadd (post 1700)



  • Steve Gadd (b. 1945), American session and studio drummer
  • Trevor Gadd (b. 1952), English two-time silver medalist track athlete at the 1978 Commonwealth Games
  • Stephen Gadd (b. 1964), English operatic baritone
  • Roslyn Regina Gadd (b. 1957), birth name Kate (Katherine) Harvey-Wallis, Australian award winning mezzo classical vocalist, poet, writer and actress
  • Knut Gustaf Gadd (1916-1995), Swedish water polo player who competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Renee Gadd (1908-2003), Argentine-born, British film actress
  • Rochelle Gadd (b. 1980), British actress

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Gadd Historic Events


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Gadd Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Lott Gadd, English Barber from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 14

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Gadd Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  11. ...

The Gadd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gadd 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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