Gaisford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Gaisford family

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]

Early History of the Gaisford family

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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.

Early Notables of the Gaisford family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Gainsford (d. 1624?), English author who belonged to the Surrey family of Gainsford. "He with Edward Stene apparently purchased of the crown Alne manor, Warwickshire, and a cottage in Stutton, Yorkshire, 27 Nov. 1599. He is known to have served in Ireland under Richard...
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United States Gaisford migration to the United States +

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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Melksham, England, in 1907
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Australia Gaisford migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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]
  • Thomas Gaisford, English convict from Wilts, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [3]
  • James Gaisford, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaisford (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Gaisford (1779-1855), English classical scholar, eldest son of John Gaisford, Esq., Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, eponym of The Gaisford Prize, University of Oxford [4]
  • John Scott Gaisford (b. 1934), English Church of Englandclergyman, second Bishop of Beverley
  • Steve Gaisford, British news presenter for ITV News
  • Professor Wilfrid F Gaisford, internationally renowned British pediatrician


  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
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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