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Gawler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The surname Gawler was derived from the Middle English words: "gaveler", "goveler" or "gouler," translating into "usurer" which in turn was derived from the Old English word "gafol" meaning "tribute, rent, interest." Therefore, one can presume that the name was originally an occupational name.

Early Origins of the Gawler family


The surname Gawler was first found in Dorset 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 Pipe Rolls of 1206 where Ralph Gaulere held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Gawler family


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Gawler Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Gawler are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Gawler include: Goawler, Gowler, Goveler, Gaveler and others.

Early Notables of the Gawler family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gawler family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gawler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Gawler, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • Maria Gawler, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • Henry Gawler, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • Julia Gawler, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm

Contemporary Notables of the name Gawler (post 1700)


  • Edward Gawler Prior (1853-1920), English mining engineer, and politician, member of the Canadian House of Commons

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Citations


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm

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