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Early Origins of the Gemma family

The surname Gemma was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Calvados at that time.

Geoffrey Gaimar (fl. 1140?), wrote a history of England in French verse, extending from the time of King Arthur's successors to the death of William II. "His errors in interpreting the 'Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Chronicle,' on which most of his history is based, render it probable that he was a Norman by birth, and he may have derived his name from a suburb of Caen, anciently known as Gaimara, and now Gémare. " [1]

Early History of the Gemma family

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Gemma Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gemare, Gembart, Gemeiner, Gemer, Gemert, Gemier, Gemmar and many more.

Early Notables of the Gemma family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gemma family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: including many of the name who migrated to the New World from the mid 17th century onward.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gemma (post 1700) +

  • Andrea Gemma (1931-2019), Italian Roman Catholic bishop
  • Giuliano Gemma (1938-2013), Italian actor
  • Gemma Christina Arterton (b. 1986), English actress and producer. She has appeared in films such as St Trinian's, Quantum of Solace, and Clash of the Titans. Since 2016 she has run her own production company Rebel Park Productions
  • Gemma Joan Dashwood OAM (b. 1977), Australian Paralympic swimmer and medical doctor
  • Gemma Cairney (b. 1985), English radio presenter for BBC Radio 1
  • Gemma Holdway, American script coordinator, known for her work on Prometheus: Retribution (2014), Van X Year (2013) and Independent Cat (2012)
  • Gemma Rose V. McCluskie (1983-2012), British television actress, best known for her role in the BBC soap opera EastEnders
  • Gemma Tumelty (b. 1980), English President of the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom
  • Gemma Hasson, Northern Irish folk singer
  • Gemma Hussey (b. 1938), Irish politician, Minister for Education (1982-1986)

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook