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The surname Gaskill 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]

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaskill research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1560 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Gaskill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gaskill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gaskill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William, I Gaskill, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • William, II Gaskill, who arrived in Maryland in 1658

Gaskill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Elinor Gaskill settled in Pennsylvania in 1772

Gaskill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Gaskill settled in Pennsylvania in 1840
  • D W Gaskill, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • Ellis Gaskill settled in Pennsylvania in 1878

Gaskill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Gaskill, aged 26, a smith, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

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  • Brian Richard Gaskill (b. 1970), American Daytime Emmy Award nominated actor from Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Mary Gaskill (b. 1941), American politician, Member of the Iowa House of Representatives (2003-)
  • Jerry Gaskill (b. 1957), American rock musician
  • William "Bill" Gaskill (1930-2016), British theatre director, founding director of the National Theatre, artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre between 1965 and 1972
  • E Thurman Gaskill (b. 1935), American politician and grain farmer, Iowa State Senator (1997-2009)


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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.

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  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)

Other References

  1. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
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The Gaskill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaskill 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.

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