The name Gomersal reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Gomersal family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Gomersal 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 Gomersal family
The surname Gomersal was first found in Yorkshire
in the West Riding where they held a family seat
at Gomershale, CITATION[CLOSE]
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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 Gomersal family
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Gomersal Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gomersal include Gomersal, Gomersall, Gommersal, Gommersall, Gomershall and many more.
Early Notables of the Gomersal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gomersal family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Gomersals to arrive on North American shores: William Gomersall arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856.