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Where did the English Gawler family come from? What is the English Gawler family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gawler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gawler family history?

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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gawler research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1305, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Gawler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gawler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gawler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Gawler arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • Maria Gawler arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • Henry Gawler arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • Julia Gawler arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838


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The Gawler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gawler 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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