Gorges History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Gorges is of German origin, meaning "son of George." The name is derived from the Greek "ge ergon," literally meaning "tiller of the soil" or "farmer." Gorges was used as a first name throughout Europe during the Middle Ages due to the legendary dragon-slaying fame of St. George, and eventually came into use as a surname around the 12th century.

Early Origins of the Gorges family

The surname Gorges was first found in various regions of Germany; it is likely that several branches of the family emerged independently when hereditary surnames came into common use. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Everhardus filius Georgi, who was a resident of Hamburg in 1256. Every branch of the young Gorges family was instrumental during this early period, each playing a major role in the development of the society of its particular region.

Early History of the Gorges family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorges research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1256, 1471, 1559, 1588, 1811, 1585, 1656, 1611, 1656, 1868 and 1933 are included under the topic Early Gorges History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gorges Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Georg, George, Gurganus, Gürganus, Georgi, Giorges, Gorges, Georgeis, Jorge, Jurge, Jürge, Jörg, Gorgens, Görgens, Jürgen, Jurgen, Yerkes and many more.

Early Notables of the Gorges family (pre 1700)

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United States Gorges migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gorges Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Gorges, who landed in New England in 1623 [1]
  • Elizabeth Gorges, who landed in New England in 1630 [1]
  • Thomas Gorges, who arrived in New England in 1640 [1]
Gorges Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Gorges, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • John David Gorges, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Johann Gorges, who landed in America in 1780 [1]
Gorges Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Gorges, who landed in America in 1835 [1]
  • Heinr Gorges, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1835 [1]
  • Joh Bernh Gorges, who arrived in America in 1839 [1]
  • Fritz Gorges, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • Charles Gorges, who arrived in St Clair County in 1860 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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