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Multiple Origins for the Surname Gammon



The Gammon surname is derived from the Anglo-Norman French word "gambon," meaning "ham," which comes ultimately from a Norman-Picard form of the Old French "jambe" meaning "leg."

Gammon Early Origins



The surname Gammon was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

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Gammon Spelling Variations


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Gammon Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Gamon, Gambone, Gambon, Gammon, Gamboun, Gamboune and others.

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Gammon Early History


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Gammon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gammon research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1603 is included under the topic Early Gammon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gammon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gammon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gammon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early records show that people bearing the name Gammon arrived in North America quite early:

Gammon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nath Gammon, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Nath Gammon, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • John Gammon, who arrived in Virginia in 1674

Gammon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Gammon, who came to New England in 1721
  • John Gammon, who landed in New England in 1721
  • William Gammon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Philip Gammon, who landed in New England in 1757
  • Joseph Gammon, who landed in New England in 1763
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gammon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rose Gammon, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • James Gammon, who came to San Francisco in 1852
  • Ellen Gammon, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1893

Gammon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francies Gammon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • John Gammon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Lucy Gammon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Lucy Gammon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • William Gammon, his wife Fear Curtis Gammon and their daughter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1764
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gammon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter Gammon, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Patrick Gammon, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gammon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gammon (post 1700)



  • Samuel Rhea III Gammon (b. 1924), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius, 1978
  • Lemuel Gammon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1916
  • Gussie Gammon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008
  • Connie Gammon, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 2002
  • William Howard Gammon, Educator and Computer Specialist, American University, Washington, DC
  • Kendall Robert Gammon (b. 1968), American professional (NFL) football player
  • James Gammon (1940-2010), American actor
  • Stephen George Gammon (b. 1939), Welsh former professional footballer
  • Staff Sergeant Archer T Gammon (1918-1945), American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945

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Gammon Historic Events


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Gammon Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Bridget  Gammon (1842-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Freddie John  Gammon (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Laura Violet  Gammon (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James Henry Gammon, British Sergeant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Gammon Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The Gammon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gammon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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