Origins Available: Belgium, English
Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Oxfordshire. Their name, however, derives from their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Gaye le Manche, France.
Early Origins of the Gaye family
Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Gaye family
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Gaye Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Gay, Gaye and others.
Early Notables of the Gaye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gaye family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Gaye or a variant listed above were:
Gaye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Gaye Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Gaye (post 1700)
Gaye Family Crest Products