Gollop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gollop comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a fast runner. The surname is derived from the Old Norman word walup and the Old French word galop. The word eventually became wallop which literally means to run. Therefore, the surname Gollop described the physical abilities of the original bearer.

Another source agrees the name was of French origin but was derived from "a flat-bottomed boat used to load and unload ships, the surname being applied to the crew members." [1]

And yet another source claims that the name could have been "local-the last syllable being a corruption of Hope-Galhope." [2] This latter simplistic entry essentially means that the 19th century author proposes that the name could have been a local name from "Hope-Galhope," a place that we cannot find today.

Early Origins of the Gollop family

The surname Gollop was first found in Dorset at Strode, where the family has "a tradition of Danish or Swedish descent from a soldier of fortune who was living in 1465." [2]

Early History of the Gollop family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gollop research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1650, 1625, 1629, 1640, 1650, 1619 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Gollop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gollop Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gollop has undergone many spelling variations, including Gollop, Gallop, Gallup, Gollup and others.

Early Notables of the Gollop family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include George Gallop or Gollop (1590-1650), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Southampton (1625-1629) and (1640-1650). Son of Thomas Gallop, of Strode, Dorset, he was a wealthy merchant who acquired Southampton Castle in 1619. He built a windmill on the motte of the castle. Only...
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Australia Gollop migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gollop Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Gollop and his wife arrived in Port Adelaide aboard the ship "Apolline" in 1840 [3]
  • John Gollop, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Apolline" in 1840 [3]
  • Mrs. Ann Broad Gollop, (b. 1822), aged 30 born in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK convicted in Exeter on 17th March 1852, sentenced for 7 years for stealing money, transported aboard the ship "D. Northumberland" in 1852 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [4]

New Zealand Gollop migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gollop Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Gollop, (b. 1789), aged 51, English agricultural labourer born in Netherbury travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [5]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Gollop, (b. 1800), aged 41, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [5]
  • Mr. Henry Gollop, (b. 1823), aged 18, English settler born in Netherbury travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [5]
  • Mr. William Gollop, (b. 1824), aged 17, English settler born in Netherbury travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [5]
  • Mr. Benjamin Gollop, (b. 1828), aged 13, English settler born in Netherbury travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gollop (post 1700) +

  • Geoffrey Richard "Geoff" Gollop OBE (b. 1955), British Conservative politician, Deputy Mayor of Bristol, former Lord Mayor of Bristol, and former Deputy Lord Mayor of Bristol
  • Julian Gollop, British game designer of strategy games and founder of Codo Technologies

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Herbert William Gollop, British Leading Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [6]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. F. Gollop (d. 1912), aged 28, English Assistant Passage Cook from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [7]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) APOLLINE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Apolline.gif
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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