Origins Available: English
Early Origins of the Gassen family
The surname Gassen was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.
Early History of the Gassen family
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Gassen Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gassen have been found, including Gason, Gayson, Gaison, Geyson, Geson, Gaysson, Gaisson, Geison and many more.
Early Notables of the Gassen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gassen family to Ireland
Some of the Gassen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gassen family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gassen, or a variant listed above:
Gassen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Edmund Gassen, who arrived in Virginia in 1731
Gassen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Didier Gassen, who settled in New Orleans in 1851
- August Gassen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1869
- Adolph Gustave Gassen, who arrived in California in 1871
- Adolph G. Gassen, who settled in California in 1871
The Gassen 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: Fama semper vivit
Motto Translation: Fame lives for ever.