Origins Available: English
Gorrink is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Gorrink family 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 Gorrink family
The surname Gorrink 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 Gorrink family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gorrink 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 Gorrink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gorrink Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Gorrink are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gorrink include Goring, Gorring, Goringe, Gorringe, Goreing and many more.
Early Notables of the Gorrink 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 Gorrink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gorrink family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Gorrink, or a variant listed above: Joseph Gorring who settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1820; Elizabeth Gorring settled in Virginia in 1677.