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Garstang is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Garstang family lived in the territory of Garstang. Located north in the county of Lancashire, Garstang was a bustling market town where much commerce was exchanged. In early history many gentlefolk of prospective villages or places of settlement often adopted surnames from their locale. So those who came from Garstang included this name as part of their surname to distinguish or identify themselves. In Old English Garstang means spear pole, which was often used as a reference marker to establish borders between villages or counties.

Garstang Early Origins



The surname Garstang was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor of Garstang. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, Garstang, originally known as Cherestanc was the King's land. This northern Lancashire town and parish was a market town. A branch of the family were later recorded in Dumfriesshire in Scotland in 1305.

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Garstang Spelling Variations


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Garstang Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Garstang, Gairstang, Garstange, Cherestanc and others.

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Garstang Early History


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Garstang Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garstang research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1490 are included under the topic Early Garstang History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Garstang Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Garstang Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Garstang 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Garstang or a variant listed above: Joseph Gairstange who landed in America in 1710.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Garstang (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Garstang (post 1700)



  • Timi Garstang (b. 1987), American-born, Marshallese track athlete at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Jim Garstang, English pianist for the Cathedral Quartet from 1972 through 1973
  • Walter Garstang FLS FZS (1868-1949), English Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford and Professor of Zoology at the University of Leeds
  • John Garstang (1876-1956), British archaeologist of the ancient Near East, younger brother of Walter Garstang
  • Cecil Garstang CBE, English Director, Thos. Cook & Sons Ltd., England
  • Walter Lucian Garstang B.S c. M.A., Retired,, English former Headmaster of the Roan School, Greenwich

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Garstang Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garstang 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 19 October 2015 at 08:13.

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