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Gorlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Gorlay family


The surname Gorlay was first found in Lothian, 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.

Early History of the Gorlay family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorlay research.
Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1296, 1300, and 1330 are included under the topic Early Gorlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gorlay Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gourlay, Gurley, Gourley, Gourlie and others.

Early Notables of the Gorlay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gorlay family to Ireland


Some of the Gorlay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 278 words (20 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 Gorlay family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jane Gourley who settled in New England in 1804 with her husband William; George, James, John, Mark, Phillip, Robert and Samuel Gourley, all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.

The Gorlay Motto


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: Profunda cernit
Motto Translation: He comprehends profound things.


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