Today's generation of the Gomershall family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Gomershall 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 Gomershall family
The surname Gomershall 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 Gomershall family
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Gomershall Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gomershall were recorded, including Gomersal, Gomersall, Gommersal, Gommersall, Gomershall and many more.
Early Notables of the Gomershall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gomershall family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gomershall arrived in North America very early: William Gomersall arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856.