Gorley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Gorley family
The surname Gorley 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 Gorley family
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Gorley Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gourlay, Gurley, Gourley, Gourlie and others.
Early Notables of the Gorley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gorley family to Ireland
Some of the Gorley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gorley migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gorley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Gorley, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 
- Hugh Gorley, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 
Gorley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Augustus Gorta Gorley, aged 26, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 
- Joseph Garta Gorley, aged 23, who landed in Missouri in 1845 
- W Gorley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Contemporary Notables of the name Gorley (post 1700) +
- Hugh A. Gorley, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 10th District, 1880-81 
- Ashley Gorley (b. 1977), American songwriter and producer who has nineteen number one singles and has over two hundred songs to her credit
- Robert Gorley (b. 1962), American professional baseball player
- Peter Gorley (b. 1951), English former professional rugby league footballer who has played for the England National Team (1980-1981) and Great Britain (1980-1981)
- Leslie "Les" N. Gorley (b. 1950), English former professional rugby league footballer who has played for the England National Team (1977-1981) and Great Britain (1980-1982)
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The Gorley 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.
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html