Gaskel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gaskel family

The surname Gaskel was first found in Westmorland, at Gaisgill, a hamlet where one of the first records of the name was Thomas Gaskel, one of the witnesses in a dispute concerning lands of Monachkeneran in 1233. [1]

Early History of the Gaskel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaskel research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1560 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Gaskel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaskel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gaskell, Gaskill, Gaitskill, Gaitskell and others.

Early Notables of the Gaskel family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gaskel family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Lawrence Gaskell who settled in Maryland in 1774; Elinor Gaskill settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; followed by John in 1840; Ellis in 1878.



The Gaskel Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spe
Motto Translation: By hope.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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