Gorr History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Gorr emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Gorr family originally lived in Kent. Alternately, the name could have been given to someone who lived by a triangular piece of land and in this case, the surname was originally derived from the Middle English word gara. [1]

Early Origins of the Gorr family

The surname Gorr was first found in Essex where Alan atte Gore was one of the first of the family to be recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. William de Gora from Wiltshire and William ad le Gorewege from Cambridgeshire were also listed in the same rolls. [2] Kirby's Quest of Somerset listed Simon atte Gore and Adam Gorwege. [3]

Important Dates for the Gorr family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorr research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1567, 1629, 1602, 1661, 1640 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Gorr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gorr Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Gore, Gorr, Core and others.

Early Notables of the Gorr family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gorr family to Ireland

Some of the Gorr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gorr migration to the United States

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Gorr:

Gorr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johannes, Gorr Jr., who landed in America in 1836 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gorr (post 1700)

  • Rose Gorr Mayes (b. 1898), American Republican politician, Vice-chair of Idaho Republican Party, 1942-48; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1944; Member of Republican National Committee from Idaho, 1948-56 [5]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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