The name Gildersil reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Gildersil family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Gildersil family lived in the place called Gomersal
in Western Yorkshire
, which derived its name from the Old English personal name Gudmoer
and the Old English word halh.
The name Gudmoer
was composed of the elements gud,
which means battle,
which means fame.
The word halh
This name was therefore formed under the Old English naming system, which gradually dissolved after the Norman Conquest
. At this time, Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The surnames in England
that were found shortly after the Norman Conquest
were usually of Norman French rather than native English origins.
Early Origins of the Gildersil family
The surname Gildersil was first found in Yorkshire
in the West Riding where they held a family seat
at Gomershale, CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
later to become known as Gomersal. A knight's fee granted by William the Conqueror to Gilbert de Lacy was the first record of the place name from whom conjecturally the Gomersalls were descended. The grant of lands also included a mill and a manor at that time. Today Gomersal is a village in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire
and not that long ago was originally known as Great Gomersal and Little Gomersal.
Early History of the Gildersil family
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Gildersil Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gildersil family name include Gomersal, Gomersall, Gommersal, Gommersall, Gomershall and many more.
Early Notables of the Gildersil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gildersil family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Gildersil family to immigrate North America: William Gomersall arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856.