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Where did the English Girdler family come from? What is the English Girdler family crest and coat of arms? When did the Girdler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Girdler family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gurdon, Girdon, Gurton, Girton, Gerdon, Girtin, Gretton, Gritten and many more.
First found in Gourdon, an arrondissement of France before the Norman Conquest. One of the first records there was William de Gourdon who founded Gourdon Abbey in 1240. After the Conquest, "Aimeric de Gourdon, 13th century was a benefactor to the church, and had grants from King John in England. In 1231 Henry III. granted to Ralph Mareschal part of the estate of Sir Adam de Gourdon. "  While we could find no villages named Gourdon in Britain, one may presume that Girton in Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire would be the likely related villages. Girton Cambridgeshire dates back to c. 1060 when it was listed as Grittone and a few years later is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Gretone.  Girton, Nottinghamshire similarly dates back to the Domesday Book with the same spelling. Both literally mean "farmstead or village on gravelly ground," from the Old English words "greot" + "tun."  Girton College of the University of Cambridge derives its name from the nearby village. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Bartholomew Gurdon in Norfolk; Thomas Gurdon in Oxfordshire; and Roger Gurdon in Cambridgeshire. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Girdler research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1544, 1623, 1571, 1649, 1621, 1622, 1595, 1679, 1640, 1660, 1606 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Girdler History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Girdler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Girdler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Girdler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Girdler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Girdler Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Girdler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Girdler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Girdler 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.
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