Gamache History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gamache family

The surname Gamache was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat at Gamaches at Eure in the arrondisement Les Andelys in the canton of Etrepagne. They were a great aristocratic family. The first of this line on record was Godfrey de Gamages, a Norman Baron who held Mansell Gamage in the county of Hereford in England. He had been granted those lands by William, Duke of Normandy, in his conquest of England. In 1184 Matthew and William Gamaches were the Lords who gave a gift to the Abbey of Lyre in a tithe dated that year and executed in Flipou.

Nicolas Gamache, Lord of Islet, settled in Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Elisabeth-Ursule Cloutier, born in 1660, at Château-Richer on 9th November 1676. The settled together in Quebec until his death at Cap-Saint-Ignace on 30th October 1699. [1]

Early History of the Gamache family

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Gamache Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gamaches, Gamages, Gamache, Gamage, Gamich and many more.

Early Notables of the Gamache family (pre 1700)

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United States Gamache migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gamache Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Chani Gamache, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Gamache Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Daniel Gamache, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Chassagnes, France, in 1919
  • Joseph Gamache, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Lyon, France, in 1919
  • James Gamache, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Tom Gamache, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1924

Canada Gamache migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gamache Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Nicolas Gamache, who settled in Quebec in 1652 from Ile-de-France, a central province which includes Paris
  • Nicolas Gamache, son of Nicolas and Jacqueline, who married Élisabeth-Ursule Cloutier, daughter of Charles and Louise, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 9th November 1676 [2]
Gamache Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis Gamache, son of Nicolas and Élisabeth-Ursule, who married Angélique Miville, daughter of François and Marie, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 26th November 1702 [2]
  • Nicolas Gamache, son of Nicolas and Élisabeth-Ursule, who married Marie Guyon, daughter of François-Xavier and Marie, in Islet, Quebec on 20th January 1705 [2]
  • Jean-Baptiste Gamache, son of Nicolas and Élisabeth-Ursule, who married Agathe Richard, daughter of Pierre and Françoise, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 18th January 1712 [2]
  • Augustin Gamache, son of Nicolas and Élisabeth-Ursule, who married Louise Caron, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 28th May 1713 [2]
  • Jean Gamache, son of Louis and Angélique, who married Élisabeth Bazin, daughter of François and Françoise, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 15th November 1730 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gamache Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Clement Gamache, aged 60, who immigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Gamache (post 1700) +

  • Henri Gamache, American pseudonym of an unknown author who wrote books about magic in the 1940s
  • Justinne "Jussi" Gamache, American lead singer of the indie synthpop band Freezepop who uses the stage name of Liz Enthusiasm
  • Joey Gamache (b. 1966), American retired professional boxer who had 59 fights with 55 wins, former WBA Super Featherweight, and WBA Lightweight Champion
  • Robert J. Gamache (b. 1916), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 3rd Ward, 1938; Member of New Hampshire State Senate, 1947-48 [3]
  • John Gamache, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of St. Ann, Missouri, 2007 [3]
  • Elwelyn Gamache, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1936 [3]
  • Donald L. Gamache, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wexford District, 1954; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964 [3]
  • Simon Gamache (b. 1981), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player, CHL Player of the Year in 2001


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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