Goreman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Goreman is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived at Gorhambury located in the county of Hertfordshire.

Early Origins of the Goreman family

The surname Goreman was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. One of the first noteworthy people of the name Gorham was Geoffrey de Gorham, sometimes called Geoffrey of Dunstable or (of Le Mans) who died at St. Alban's, 26 February 1146. He was a Norman scholar who became Abbot of St Albans Abbey from 1119 to 1146. He was from the province of Maine, in the Dukedom of Normandy and was invited by Richard d'Aubeney, Abbot of St. Alban's, to become master of the Abbey school.

Early History of the Goreman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goreman research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1776 is included under the topic Early Goreman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goreman Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Goreman family name include Goreham, Gorham and others.

Early Notables of the Goreman family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goreman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Goreman family to Ireland

Some of the Goreman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Goreman family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Goreman surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Gorham who settled in Virginia in 1635; another John settled in Boston in 1630; Ralph Gorham settled in New England in 1630; Thomas Gorham settled in Virginia in 1635..

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