Ghormley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Ghormley is "O Gormghaile" in Connacht, or "O Goirmleadhaigh" in Ulster.

Early Origins of the Ghormley family

The surname Ghormley was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where the Ghormley family held a seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Ghormley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ghormley research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ghormley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ghormley Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Ghormley were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Gormley, O'Gormley, Grehan, Gormleigh, Gormly, Gormlie, Grimes and many more.

Early Notables of the Ghormley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ghormley family

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Ghormley or a variant listed above, including: Michael Gormley, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1840; and Thady, John, Bridget, Catherine and Mary Gormley who settled in Quebec in 1848.


Contemporary Notables of the name Ghormley (post 1700) +

  • Major General Timothy F. Ghormley, American officer in the United States Marine Corps, former Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa
  • Brad Ghormley, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 4th District, 1998 [1]
  • Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley (1883-1958), United States Navy officer, Commander of the South Pacific Area, during the Second World War
  • Richard Ghormley Eberhart (1904-2005), American poet and writer awarded the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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