Gomeray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gomeray is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Gomeray 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, and moer, which means fame. The word halh means nook or recess. [1] 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 Gomeray family

The surname Gomeray was first found in Yorkshire in the West Riding where they held a family seat at Gomershale, [2] 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 Gomeray family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gomeray research. Another 24 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1646, 1602, 1616 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Gomeray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gomeray Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Gomersal, Gomersall, Gommersal, Gommersall, Gomershall and many more.

Early Notables of the Gomeray family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Roberts Gomersall (1602-1646?), English dramatist and divine, born in London in 1602. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, 19 April 1616. "Having taken holy orders he ‘became a very florid preacher in the university’ (Wood). In...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gomeray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gomeray family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gomeray or a variant listed above: William Gomersall arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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