Gammege is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Gammege family lived in Gamaches, in Normandy
. The family name Gammege 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 Gammege was established by Norman landholders in the county of Herefordshire.
Early Origins of the Gammege family
The surname Gammege 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 Gammege family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gammege 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 Gammege History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gammege 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 Gammege 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 Gammege Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gammege family to the New World and Oceana
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, travelling 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 Gammege or a variant listed above: Stephen and Thomas Gamadge who settled in Barbados in 1685.