Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Gorringe family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in the places named Goring in Oxfordshire
. The place-name was originally derived from the Old English word Garingas,
which means people of Gara.
This name is a short form of various compound names with the first portion gar,
which means spear.
Early Origins of the Gorringe family
The surname Gorringe was first found in Sussex
at Goring, where at the time of the Domesday Book
was part of the earldom of Arundel. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The name is derived from Goring, in the rape [sub-division] of Arundel, where the family can be traced to John de Goring, living in the reign of Edward II. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Gorringe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorringe research.Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1750, 1585, 1663, 1621, 1628, 1615, 1671, 1608, 1657, 1658, 1628, 1629, 1622, 1702, 1660, 1660, 1661, 1661, 1679, 1646, 1685, 1673, 1678, 1679, 1685 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Gorringe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gorringe Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gorringe were recorded, including Goring, Gorring, Goringe, Gorringe, Goreing and many more.
Early Notables of the Gorringe family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was George Goring, 1st Earl of Norwich (1585-1663), an English soldier and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1628; Charles Goring, 2nd Earl of Norwich (1615-1671), an English soldier and aristocrat; George Goring, Lord Goring (1608-1657), an English Royalist... Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gorringe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gorringe family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gorringe arrived in North America very early: Joseph Gorring who settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1820; Elizabeth Gorring settled in Virginia in 1677.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gorringe (post 1700)
- Henry Honychurch Gorringe (1841-1885), American naval officer, best known for successfully removing Cleopatra's needle from Alexandria, Egypt and re-erecting it in Central Park, New York City
- Allan Lindsay Gorringe (1884-1918), English cricketer
- Hubert Maurice Gorringe (1886-1958), English cricketer
- Captain Frank Clifford Gorringe (b. 1889), English World War I flying ace credited with 14 aerial victories
- The Reverend Professor Timothy Jervis Gorringe (b. 1946), English St Luke's Professor of Theological Studies in the University of Exeter
- Lieutenant General Sir George Frederick Gorringe KCB, KCMG, DSO (1868-1945), English Field Commander in the British Army during the Anglo-Boer War, World War I, on the Palestine and Western Fronts
- Horace Charles "Horrie" Gorringe (1895-1994), Tasmanian-born, Australian rules football player, inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2011