Gayforthe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Gayforthe is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the region of Gaye which was located in France. The surname Gayforthe was also a nickname which described someone with a happy or light spirited character.
Early Origins of the Gayforthe family
The surname Gayforthe was first found in Durham at Gainford, a parish, in the unions of Teesdale, Darlington, and Auckland. "This place was anciently a seigniory detached from the palatinate jurisdiction of the county, and invested with several valuable privileges and immunities. It appears to have been indebted for its origin to Egfrid, Bishop of Lindisfarne, who founded a church, which in 830 he gave to the see, together with the lands annexed to it, and which continued to form part of the episcopal possessions till the commencement of the 11th century." 
Early History of the Gayforthe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gayforthe research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1601, 1610 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Gayforthe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gayforthe 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. Gayforthe has been spelled many different ways, including Gainsford, Gaynesford, Gainford, Gaynsford, Ganesford and many more.
Early Notables of the Gayforthe family
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Gainsford (d. 1624?), English author who belonged to the Surrey family of Gainsford. "He with Edward Stene apparently purchased of the crown Alne manor, Warwickshire, and a cottage in Stutton, Yorkshire, 27 Nov. 1599. He is known to have served in Ireland under Richard...
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Migration of the Gayforthe family
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 Gayforthes to arrive in North America: Mathias Gainsford who settled in Maryland in 1774 and Arthur Gainsford, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1876.
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.