Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the bearers of the Gorhan family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found at Gorhambury located in the county of Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Gorhan family
The surname Gorhan 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 Gorhan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorhan research.Another 282 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1776 is included under the topic Early Gorhan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gorhan Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Gorhan include Goreham, Gorham and others.
Early Notables of the Gorhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gorhan family to Ireland
Some of the Gorhan 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gorhan family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gorhan or a variant listed above: 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..