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The ancestry of the name Gorham dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived at Gorhambury located in the county of Hertfordshire.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gorham have been found, including Goreham, Gorham and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorham research. Another 282 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1776 is included under the topic Early Gorham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gorham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gorham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gorham, or a variant listed above:

Gorham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Gorham settled in Boston in 1630
  • Ralph Gorham settled in New England in 1630
  • Thomas Gorham settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Gorham, aged 19, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Gorham who settled in Virginia in 1635


Gorham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Prince Gorham, aged 45, landed in Maine in 1812
  • Allen Gorham, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Solomon Gorham, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • S P Gorham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Arthur Gorham, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


Gorham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Nathaniel Gorham U.E., "Gorum, Nathaniel Goran" (b. 1752) born in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA from Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1783 he travelled aboard the ship "Two Sisters" in June 1783 with his wife Mary Whitney and 2 children, in 1784 there home was destroyed by fire the resettled in Grey's Mill, Kingston, Kings County, New Brunswick he died in 1843
  • Mr. Jonathan Gorham U.E., "John Goran" who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

Gorham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Gorham arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • Phillis Gorham arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838

Gorham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edward Gorham, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

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  • Nathaniel Gorham (1738-1796), American 14th President of the United States in Congress assembled, under the Articles of Confederation
  • Benjamin Gorham (1775-1855), American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 1820-23, 1827-31, 1833-35
  • Andrew B. Gorham, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wilton, 1902
  • Albert A. Gorham, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Redding, 1908
  • Brad Gorham, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 2008
  • Charles B. Gorham, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County, 1896-97
  • Charles T. Gorham (1812-1901), American politician, U.S. Minister to Netherlands, 1870-75
  • Daniel J. Gorham, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 25th District, 1982
  • Edward E. Gorham, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norwalk, 1906
  • George Congdon Gorham (1832-1909), American politician, Member of Republican National Committee from California, 1868-

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  • John Howland of the Mayflower by Elizabeth Pearson White.
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The Gorham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gorham 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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