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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Gammon family in Ireland was Mag Fhionnain, derived from the word "fionn," which means "fair."

Gammon Early Origins



The surname Gammon was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Gammon Spelling Variations


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Gammon Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Gammon were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Gannon, Ganon 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 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1798 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



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Gammon family in North America:

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. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    11. ...

    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.

    This page was last modified on 13 February 2016 at 13:11.

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