Origins Available: English
The Gerlain surname is thought to be a habitational name taken on from a now lost or unidentified place name in England.
Early Origins of the Gerlain family
The surname Gerlain was first found in Norfolk
where the family name was first referenced in the year 1296 when William Girlyn held estates in that shire. The Girlington family were early proprietors of the township of Leck in Lancashire
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Gerlain family
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Gerlain Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Girling, Girlyn, Girlington, Gerlinston, Garlington, Gerling, Gerlin, Girlin, Gerlyn, Gerlinge, Gylinge and many more.
Early Notables of the Gerlain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gerlain family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Girling, who came to Cambridge, MA in 1635; Jno Girling, who arrived in Virginia in 1667; Lionell Girlings, who settled in Maryland in 1678; Elizabeth Girling, who arrived in Virginia in 1730.