Gamach is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Gamach family lived in Gamaches, in Normandy
. The family name Gamach was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. The Normans
frequently used the name of their estate in Normandy
as part of their name. The surname Gamach was established by Norman landholders in the county of Herefordshire.
Early Origins of the Gamach family
The surname Gamach was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. This distinguished name appears on the Roll of Battell Abbey honoring those Norman nobles who were present at Hastings.
Early History of the Gamach family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gamach research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1159, 1285, 1306, 1411, 1563, 1621, 1735, 1803, 1756, 1803, 1758, 1844, 1799, 1842, 1790, 1850, 1842, 1859, 1828, 1913, 1853 and 1939 are included under the topic Early Gamach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gamach Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Gamach has been recorded under many different variations, including Gamadge, Gamage, Gammage, Gamages, Gamaches and others.
Early Notables of the Gamach family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Barbara Gamage (1563-1621), a Welsh
heiress, who inherited the Coity estate on the death of her father John Gamage, and later married Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester; as well as Anthony Gamage, who was an Alderman of London. The Camidge... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gamach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gamach family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Gamachs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Stephen and Thomas Gamadge who settled in Barbados in 1685.