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The surname Gass was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gass, Gasse and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gass research. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1626 is included under the topic Early Gass History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gass Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Gass, aged 20, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Jon Gass, who landed in Virginia in 1635

Gass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob, Gass Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Frederich Gass, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Frederick, Gass Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Friedrich Gass, who landed in America in 1735
  • Martin Gass, who landed in America in 1736


Gass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Gass, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • John J Gass, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Henry Gass, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Samuel Gass, aged 48, arrived in Tennessee in 1812
  • Joseph Gass, who arrived in New York in 1835


Gass Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Monika Gass, aged 13, landed in New York, NY in 1901

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  • William H Gass (b. 1924), American novelist and short story writer
  • Craig Gass (b. 1970), American stand-up comedian
  • Kyle Gass (b. 1960), American actor and a member of the bands Tenacious D and Trainwreck
  • Patrick Gass, Sergeant in the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Sir Michael David Irving Gass (1916-1983), Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1965 - 1969
  • Melbourne Gass, Canadian politician
  • Donald M. Gass M.D., Ophthalmology pioneer in retinal diseases
  • A J Gass (b. 1975), Canadian CFL football player


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  1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  9. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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The Gass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gass 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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