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Gaisford is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Gaisford family once lived in the region of Gaye which was located in France. The surname Gaisford was also a nickname which described someone with a happy or light spirited character.

Gaisford Early Origins



The surname Gaisford was first found in Durham at Gainford, a parish, in the unions of Teesdale, Darlington, and Auckland. "This place was anciently a seigniory detached from the palatinate jurisdiction of the county, and invested with several valuable privileges and immunities. It appears to have been indebted for its origin to Egfrid, Bishop of Lindisfarne, who founded a church, which in 830 he gave to the see, together with the lands annexed to it, and which continued to form part of the episcopal possessions till the commencement of the 11th century." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Gaisford Spelling Variations


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Gaisford Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gaisford family name include Gainsford, Gaynesford, Gainford, Gaynsford, Ganesford and many more.

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Gaisford Early History


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Gaisford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaisford research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaisford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gaisford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gaisford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gaisford 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Gaisford surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Gaisford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Gaisford, aged 50, who landed in America from Bermuda, in 1905
  • Stanley Gaisford, aged 8, who settled in America from Melksham, England, in 1907
  • Willie Frederick Gaisford, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Melksham, England, in 1907
  • Worthy John Gaisford, aged 44, who settled in America from Melksham, England, in 1907
  • Albert Arthur Gaisford, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Melksham, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gaisford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Maria Gaisford, aged 34, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Saturday 4th February 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sultana 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1854.shtml.
  • Thomas Gaisford, English convict from Wilts, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  • James Gaisford, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaisford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaisford (post 1700)



  • John Scott Gaisford (b. 1934), English Church of Englandclergyman, second Bishop of Beverley
  • Thomas Gaisford (1779-1855), English classical scholar, eponym of The Gaisford Prize, University of Oxford
  • Steve Gaisford, British news presenter for ITV News
  • Professor Wilfrid F Gaisford, internationally renowned British pediatrician

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 4th February 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sultana 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1854.shtml.
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 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. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Gaisford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaisford 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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