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Gawthorpe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Gawthorpe surname was derived from any of several place names in West Yorkshire. The place names are thought to be derived from the Old Norse word "gaukr," which meant "cukoo bird."

Early Origins of the Gawthorpe family


The surname Gawthorpe was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor in the West Riding. 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 year 1541 when Christopher Gawthorpe held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Gawthorpe family


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Gawthorpe Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Gawthorpe has been spelled many different ways, including Gawthorpe, Gaythorpe, Gathorne, Gauthorpe, Gawthrop, Gawthropp, Gawthrup, Gawthrupp, Gawthrope, Gathrope, Gaythorpe, Gathorn, Gorthorp and many more.

Early Notables of the Gawthorpe family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gawthorpe family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gawthorpes to arrive in North America:

Gawthorpe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Evelyn Gawthorpe, aged 13, who landed in America from Burnley, in 1901
  • Francis Gawthorpe, aged 7, who emigrated to America from Burnley, in 1901
  • Robert Gawthorpe, aged 14, who landed in America from Burnley, in 1901
  • Sarah Ann Gawthorpe, aged 30, who settled in America from Barnsley, in 1905
  • John Gawthorpe, aged 4, who landed in America from Barnsley, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gawthorpe (post 1700)


  • Mary Eleanor Gawthorpe (1881-1973), British suffragette, socialist, trade unionist and editor

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