The name Gorm was first used in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It indicates that the first bearer lived in the county of Argyll (now in the Strathclyde region), on the isle of Arran
. The name Blues may also be derived from the Gaelic word "gorm", which means Blue. The name is also commonly found on tombstones in and around Knapdale. One may presume that because of this, the origin of the name may have been derived from a marriage to a MacMillan. Furthermore, the Anglicized name Blue may have derived from a particular branch of the MacMillans called the "MacGhilleghuirm", which means "son of the blue lad."
Early Origins of the Gorm family
The surname Gorm was first found in Argyllshire
on the isle of Arran
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and the name can frequently be found on tombstones in and around Knapdale, on the isle of Arran.
Early History of the Gorm family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorm research.Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1360 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Gorm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gorm Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Gorm has been spelled Blue, Blew, Blewe, Bleu, Gorm, Gilligorm and others.
Early Notables of the Gorm family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gorm family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gorm or a variant listed above:
Gorm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Adam Gorm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Gorm Family Crest Products
- ^ 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)