The name Gascowe was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Gascowe 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 Gascowe family
The surname Gascowe 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 Gascowe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gascowe 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 Gascowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gascowe Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Gascoigne, Gascoyne, Gascoine, Gascoin, Gaskoyne and others.
Early Notables of the Gascowe 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 Gascowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gascowe family to Ireland
Some of the Gascowe 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 Gascowe family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Gascowe 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.