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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 and Sussex. 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.

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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. [1]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. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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.


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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.

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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.


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, Australia, 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.

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  • 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
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Gorringe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gorringe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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