The ancient roots of the Gamson family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Gamson comes from when the family lived on the bank of a river or stream named the of Cam.
The surname Gamson is topographic
in nature, the type of surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a river or stream. The surname also refers to the camb,
which is the crest of a hill or a dike.
Early Origins of the Gamson family
The surname Gamson was first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Gamson family
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Gamson Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Gamson has appeared include Cam, Camm, Camme, Caham, Cahm, Cahme and others.
Early Notables of the Gamson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gamson family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Gamson arrived in North America very early:
Gamson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Gamson, aged 14, who emigrated to America, in 1895
- Sara Gamson, aged 12, who landed in America, in 1895
Gamson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Chaim Gamson, aged 5, who settled in America, in 1902
- Joseph Gamson, aged 22, who landed in America from Coatbridge, in 1904
- Isabel Gamson, who landed in America, in 1905
- Nenche Gamson, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Radzilowska, Russia, in 1906
- Emil Gamson, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
Gamson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Gamson, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
Contemporary Notables of the name Gamson (post 1700)
- Stephen Gamson (b. 1965), American artist and art collector
- William Anthony Gamson (b. 1934), American professor of Sociology at Boston College
- Annabelle Gamson (b. 1928), American dancer and choreographer
- Arnold U. Gamson (b. 1928), American conductor, Music Director and principal conductor of the American Opera Society (1950 to 1960)
- David Gamson, American keyboardist/musician