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Where did the English Gorringe family come from? What is the English Gorringe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gorringe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gorringe family history?

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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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.

First found in Sussex at Goring, where at the time of the Domesday Book was part of the earldom of Arundel. [1] "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]


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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.

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Another 227 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gorringe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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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  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. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. 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.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. 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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