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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."

Gawthorpe Early Origins



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.

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Gawthorpe Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gawthorpe Early History


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Gawthorpe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gawthorpe research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Gawthorpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gawthorpe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gawthorpe Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gawthorpe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gawthorpe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gawthorpe (post 1700)



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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Gawthorpe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gawthorpe 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 June 2015 at 07:41.

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