The Gawthrope 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 Gawthrope family
The surname Gawthrope 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 Gawthrope family
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Gawthrope Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gawthrope has undergone many spelling variations
, including Gawthorpe, Gaythorpe, Gathorne, Gauthorpe, Gawthrop, Gawthropp, Gawthrup, Gawthrupp, Gawthrope, Gathrope, Gaythorpe, Gathorn, Gorthorp and many more.
Early Notables of the Gawthrope family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gawthrope family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gawthrope were among those contributors:
Gawthrope Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Richard Gawthrope, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1763
Contemporary Notables of the name Gawthrope (post 1700)
- Nigel Gawthrope, English political candidate for King's Hedges in the 2016 Cambridge City Council election