Gamage History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gamage came to England with the ancestors of the Gamage family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Gamage family lived in Gamaches, in Normandy. The family name Gamage 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 Gamage was established by Norman landholders in the county of Herefordshire.

Early Origins of the Gamage family

The surname Gamage 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 Gamage family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gamage research. Another 136 words (10 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 Gamage History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gamage Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Gamadge, Gamage, Gammage, Gamages, Gamaches and others.

Early Notables of the Gamage 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...
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United States Gamage migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gamage or a variant listed above:

Gamage Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Gamage, who settled in Jamaica and Barbados in 1680
  • Thomas and Stephen Gamage who settled in Barbados in 1685
Gamage Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mich Gamage, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Sam Gamage, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • A Gamage, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gamage (post 1700) +

  • Harry G. Gamage (1900-1994), American college football head coach
  • Dharshana Gamage (b. 1979), Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Lalith Gamage MBCS, MIEE, professor, founding CEO and the current president of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
  • Ihala Medagama Piyasena Gamage (b. 1949), Sri Lankan politician
  • Edwin Gamage Eastman (b. 1847), American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1876; Member of New Hampshire State Senate 21st District, 1889-90 [2]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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