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Where did the English Gore family come from? What is the English Gore family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gore family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gore family history?

The distinguished surname Gore emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Gore family originally lived in Kent. Alternately, the name could have been given to somone who lived by a triangular piece of land and in this case, the surname was originally derived from the Middle English word gara.


Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Gore, Gorr, Core and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gore research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1567, 1629, 1602, 1661, 1640 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Gore History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Gore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gore were

Gore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Gore was one of the earliest recorded settlers in the United States, he settled in Virginia in 1606
  • John Gore settled in New England in 1630
  • Richard Gore settled in New England in 1630
  • Steven Gore settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Stephen Gore, who arrived in Maryland in 1633

Gore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Gore, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Casper Gore, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755
  • Grace Gore, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Gore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Gore, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Luke Gore, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • James Gore, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • Jost Heinr Gore, who arrived in America in 1854

Gore Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thos Gore, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Gore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Gore, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Gore, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Gore, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Gore, English convict from Cumberland, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • George Gore arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849

Gore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R. Gore arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • John Gore, aged 22, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
  • James Alfred Gore, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Henry Gore, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Emily Gore, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874


  • Albert Arnold "Al" Gore Jr. (b. 1948), Vice President of the United States under President Bill Clinton, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work An Inconvenient Truth
  • Lesley Gore (b. 1946), American singer-songwriter perhaps best known for her 1963 pop hit "It's My Party"
  • Wilbert L. "Bill" Gore (1912-1986), American chemical engineer and the main inventor of Gore-Tex fabrics, founder of W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc in 1958
  • Franklin "Frank" Gore (b. 1983), American NFL football running back for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Spencer Frederick Gore (1878-1914), English painter
  • Richard Gore (b. 1961), award-winning English songwriter, lyricist, singer, guitarist, keyboardist, remixer, and DJ
  • Catherine Grace Frances Gore (1799-1861), English novelist
  • Martin Lee Gore (b. 1961), English songwriter, singer, guitarist and keyboardist, recipient of the Ivor Novello Award in 1999
  • Charles Gore (1853-1932), English theologian and Anglican bishop
  • Thomas John "Tommy" Gore (b. 1953), English former football midfielder



  • Family History With Name Origin and Lineage Lines, Gore: From Genealogical Records.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sola salus servire Deo
Motto Translation: The only safe course is to serve God.



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  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Gore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gore 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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