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Early Origins of the Gapes family


The surname Gapes was first found in Somerset where the name was first referenced in the year 1243 when they held estates in that shire. The famous New Zealand Gapes family hailed from Saffron Walden in Essex and emigrated to New Zealand in 1859.

Early History of the Gapes family


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Gapes Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gapes have been found, including Gape, Gapes, Gapp, Gaip and others.

Early Notables of the Gapes family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gapes family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gapes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Gapes, aged 40, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Alchymist" in 1833
  • Grace Gapes, aged 39, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Alchymist" in 1833
  • George Gapes, aged 11, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Alchymist" in 1833
  • Elizabeth Gapes, aged 7, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Alchymist" in 1833
  • Agnes Gapes, aged 9, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Alchymist" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gapes (post 1700)


  • Thomas Gapes (1848-1913), English-born, New Zealand politician, 20th Mayor of Christchurch (1893-1894)
  • James Gapes JP (1822-1899), English-born, New Zealand politician, 9th Mayor of Christchurch in 1877
  • Vivienne Gapes, née Martin, New Zealand two-time gold and four-tie silver medalist Paralympian skier
  • Michael John "Mike" Gapes (b. 1952), British Labour Co-operative politician, Member of Parliament for Ilford South (1992-)

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