Gatehouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Gatehouse family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Gatehouse came from the Germanic personal name Godhard, which is composed of the elements god, which means good, and hard, which means brave or strong.

Early Origins of the Gatehouse family

The surname Gatehouse was first found in Wiltshire at Berwick-Bassett, a parish, in the union of Marlborough, hundred of Calne, Marlborough and Ramsbury. "The ancient manorhouse [of Berwick-Bassett], many ages since the residence of the Goddard family, is still remaining." [1]

Important Dates for the Gatehouse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gatehouse research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1208, 1221, 1299, 1617 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Gatehouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gatehouse Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Goddard, Goddart, Godard, Godart, Godarte, Godert, Godderd and many more.

Early Notables of the Gatehouse family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Jonathan Goddard (1617-1675), an English physician, Army Surgeon to the forces of Oliver Cromwell, an active member of the...
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Gatehouse migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gatehouse or a variant listed above:

Gatehouse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Gatehouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
Gatehouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Gatehouse, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1852 [2]

Gatehouse migration to Australia

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

Gatehouse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Harriett Gatehouse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gatehouse (post 1700)

  • Charles Frederick Gatehouse (1877-1924), American football player and head football coach at the University of Utah in 1899
  • George Gatehouse (1864-1947), Australian cricketer who played fourteen first-class matches for Tasmania between 1883 and 1900
  • Major-General Alexander Hugh Gatehouse DSO & bar (b. 1895), senior British Army officer who commanded the 10th Armoured Division during the North African Campaign of World War II
  • Peter Warlow Gatehouse (b. 1936), former Welsh cricketer who played from 1957 to 1962 for Glamorgan
  • James Gatehouse (1883-1949), Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in 1900


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BLUNDELL 1851. Retrieved
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