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The ancestry of the name Gortant dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Gorton, a district in Manchester in Lancashire. The name is a habitational name that was derived from the Old English word gor meaning "dirt" and tun meaning "enclosure."

Gortant Early Origins



The surname Gortant was first found in Greater Manchester at Gorton, a chapelry, in the union of Chorlton, hundred of Salford, historically part of Lancashire. The place name literally means "dirty farmstead" from the Old English "gor" + "tun." The first record of the place name was found in 1282 when it was listed as Gorton.

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Gortant Spelling Variations


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Gortant Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gortant have been found, including Gorton, Gorten, Gortin and others.

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Gortant Early History


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Gortant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gortant research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1592 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Gortant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gortant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gortant Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gortant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gortant, or a variant listed above: John Gorton who settled in Virginia in 1679; Samuel Gorton settled in Boston in 1630; Steven Gorton settled in Virginia in 1635; A. Gorton settled in Baltimore in 1820..

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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Gortant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gortant 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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