Gasper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gasper family

The surname Gasper was first found in Warwickshire where Walter Gaispor was listed in the Pipe Rolls in 1203. A few years later, ffulco Gayspore was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for London in 1319 and over one hundred years later, Walter Gaispore was listed in the Assize Rolls for London in 1442. The name literally means "one who wore showy spurs" from the Old French "gai," and the Old English word "spura." [1]

Early History of the Gasper family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gasper research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1394, 1620, 1691, 1641 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Gasper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gasper Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Gasper are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gasper include Gaspar, Gaspard, Gaspere, Gaspell, Gaspare and others.

Early Notables of the Gasper family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Jan Baptist Gaspers (Jaspers) (1620?-1691), English portrait-painter, a native of Antwerp, and in 1641-1642 was admitted a member of the guild of St...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gasper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gasper migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Gasper, or a variant listed above:

Gasper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Gasper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [2]
Gasper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Valentin Gasper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]
Gasper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Gasper, who landed in Arkansas in 1891 [2]

Australia Gasper migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gasper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Gasper, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Contemporary Notables of the name Gasper (post 1700) +

  • Mark Gasper (b. 1956), American sound engineer from New York City, best known for his work on An Empty Bed (1990) and Horror 101 (2001)
  • Elon James Gasper, American co-founder of Bright Star Technology, a 1980s era software company
  • George Gasper, American mathematician at Northwestern University, who introduced the Askey–Gasper inequality
  • Elizabeth Gasper (b. 1938), German actress who has appeared in 39 titles
  • Robert Gasper (b. 1958), Canadian luger who competed at the 1988, 1992 and the 1994 Winter Olympics
  • Brigadier-General James Gasper Devine (1895-1972), American Commanding General 4th Anti-Aircraft Command (1945-1946) [3]
  • Gasper S. Fasullo (1907-1988), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964; Civil court judge in New York, 1973 [4]
  • Gasper J. Liota, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920 [5]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) James Devine. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Devine/James_Gasper/USA.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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