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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
Gore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Gore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Gore Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Gore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Gore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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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