Gaype History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gaype family

The surname Gaype was first found in Somerset where the name was first referenced in the year 1243 when they held estates in that shire. The famous New Zealand Gapes family hailed from Saffron Walden in Essex and emigrated to New Zealand in 1859.

Important Dates for the Gaype family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaype research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1100, 1455, 1487, 1678, 1660, 1646, 1660 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Gaype History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaype Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gaype family name include Gape, Gapes, Gapp, Gaip and others.

Early Notables of the Gaype family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaype Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gaype family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Gaype surname or a spelling variation of the name include: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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