Gaspar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Gaspar family

The surname Gaspar was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of lands who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The family were originally from Lorraine but were affiliated to the Norman cause.

Important Dates for the Gaspar family

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Gaspar Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Gaspar, Gaspard, Gaspere, Gaspell, Gaspare and others.

Early Notables of the Gaspar family (pre 1700)

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Gaspar migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Gaspar name or one of its variants:

Gaspar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernard Gaspar, who arrived in Iowa in 1888 [2]

Gaspar migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gaspar Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Leslie Gaspar U.E., "Lesly, Jasper" who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaspar (post 1700)

  • Kenneth E. "Boom" Gaspar (b. 1953), American musician. best known for his work with Pearl Jam as a piano/keyboard/organ player since 2002
  • Bruno Miguel Boialvo Gaspar (b. 1993), Portuguese professional footballer
  • Eduardo César Daude Gaspar (b. 1978), commonly known as Edu or Edu Gaspar, a retired Brazilian footballer, current General coordinator at the Brazil National Football Team
  • Dalmo Gaspar (1932-2015), Brazilian footballer who played for Santos
  • Eurico Gaspar Dutra (1883-1974), Brazilian marshal, politician, and president of Brazil from 1946-1951
  • Gaspar Aguero Barreras (1873-1951), Cuban composer, pianist, and professor
  • Gaspar Saladino (1927-2016), American letterer and logo designer for DC Comics
  • Gaspar de Portolá i Rovira (1716-1786), Spanish soldier and administrator, explorer and founder of San Diego and Monterey; governor of Las Californias and first Governor of Alta California (1768-1770)
  • Gaspar Villate (1851-1891), Cuban composer
  • Gaspar Roca (1926-2007), Puerto Rican journalist and economist

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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