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Gadsden Early Origins



The surname Gadsden 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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Gadsden Spelling Variations


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Gadsden Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Gadsden, Gaddesden, Gadson, Gadsdon, Gadsden, Gadesdon and many more.

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Gadsden Early History


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Gadsden Early History



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

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Gadsden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gadsden Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Gadsden or a variant listed above were:

Gadsden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Percy Gadsden, aged 18, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • Phoebe Gadsden, aged 61, who emigrated to America, in 1895

Gadsden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Gadsden, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Maud Margaret Gadsden, aged 26, who settled in America from London, in 1903
  • Muriel Gladys Gadsden, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Heniel Hempstead, in 1904
  • Wm. Douglas Gadsden, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Heniel Hempstead, in 1904
  • Arthur Gadsden, aged 35, who landed in America from Leamington, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gadsden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gadsden (post 1700)



  • Oronde Benjamin Gadsden (b. 1971), former professional American football player
  • James Gadsden (1788-1858), American diplomat, soldier and businessman, eponym of the Gadsden Purchase
  • Sir Peter Drury Haggerston Gadsden GBE, AC, JP (1929-2006), Canadian-born, British chartered engineer and politician, 652nd Lord Mayor of London in 1979 and 1980

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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. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Gadsden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gadsden 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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