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The ancestors of the name Gem date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Gem family lived on the bank of a river or stream named the of Cam. The surname Gem is topographic in nature, the type of surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a river or stream. The surname also refers to the camb, which is the crest of a hill or a dike.

Gem Early Origins



The surname Gem was first found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Gem Spelling Variations


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Gem Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Gem are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gem include: Cam, Camm, Camme, Caham, Cahm, Cahme and others.

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Gem Early History


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Gem Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gem research. Another 570 words (41 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1162, 1184, 1205, 1214, 1221, 1275, 1320, 1326, 1500, 1633, 1716, and 1733 are included under the topic Early Gem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gem Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gem Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gem 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gem or a variant listed above:

Gem Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Gem, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gem (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gem (post 1700)



  • Gustavus St. Gem, American Republican politician, U.S. Surveyor of Customs, 1879-81; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1888

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. 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. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Gem Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gem 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 21 October 2015 at 10:04.

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