Gascoe is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Gascoe family lived in Yorkshire
. Their name, however, is not a reference to this place, but to the family's place of residence prior their emigration to England
a French province which was occupied by the English from 1152 until 1453. The surname was introduced to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066, as was the wine for which the area was known. Geoffery Chaucer's Old English poem Piers Plowman
makes reference to "reed wyn of Gascoigne."
Early Origins of the Gascoe family
The surname Gascoe was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire
as Saxton, a parish, in the Upper division of the wapentake
of Barkstone-Ash. "The parish comprises by computation 4030 acres, and is chiefly the property of the daughters and co-heiresses of R. O. Gascoigne, Esq." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Gascoe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gascoe research.Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1419, 1404, 1458, 1381, 1535, 1577, 1537, 1602, 1558, 1610, 1644, 1637, 1596, 1686, 1623, 1698, 1659, 1718, 1662, 1723, 1614 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Gascoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gascoe Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Gascoigne, Gascoyne, Gascoine, Gascoin, Gaskoyne and others.
Early Notables of the Gascoe family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Gascoigne (c.1350-1419), Chief Justice of England
during the reign of King Henry IV; Thomas Gascoigne (1404-1458), Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University; John Gascoigne ( fl.
1381), an English lawyer and author; George Gascoigne (c.
1535-1577), an English poet, soldier and unsuccessful courtier; John Gascoigne... Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gascoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gascoe family to Ireland
Some of the Gascoe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gascoe family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gascoe or a variant listed above: Thomas Gaskoyne who settled in Virginia in 1619 before the "Mayflower"; Saville Gascoyne settled in Virginia in 1635; Stephen Gascoyne settled with his wife and servants in Barbados in 1680.