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Gourlay Early Origins



The surname Gourlay was first found in Lothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Gourlay Spelling Variations


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Gourlay Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gourlay, Gurley, Gourley, Gourlie and others.

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Gourlay Early History


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Gourlay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gourlay research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1296, 1300, and 1330 are included under the topic Early Gourlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gourlay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gourlay Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gourlay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gourlay In Ireland


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Gourlay In Ireland



Some of the Gourlay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gourlay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Gourlay, who arrived in America in 1679

Gourlay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Gourlay, who arrived in America in 1773
  • Alexander Gourlay, who landed in New York in 1795
  • Thomas Gourlay, who landed in New York in 1799

Gourlay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Gourlay arrived in Pennsylvania in 1832

Gourlay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Gourlay, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes"
  • Andrew Gourlay, aged 25, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851
  • Margaret Gourlay, aged 29, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851

Gourlay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Gourlay a blacksmith, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • James Gourlay, aged 46, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gourlay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gourlay (post 1700)



  • Janet A. Gourlay (1863-1912), Scottish Egyptologist
  • Harry Philip Heggie Gourlay (1916-1987), Scottish Labour Party politician from 1959 to 1987
  • Robert Gourlay (1778-1863), Scottish-Canadian writer, political reform activist, and agriculturalist
  • General Sir Basil Ian Spencer Gourlay KCB, CVO, OBE, MC (1920-2013), British Royal Marines officer, Commandant General Royal Marines (1971-1975)
  • Henry Gourlay (1895-1970), New Zealand cricket umpire
  • John Bell Gourlay (1872-1949), Canadian gold medalist soccer player at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Brigadier Kenneth Ian Gourlay (1891-1970), British Commanding Officer British Troops on Bermuda (1937)
  • James Gourlay, British conductor and internationally renowned tuba soloist
  • Douglas MacLeod Gourlay (b. 1929), Canadian politician

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Profunda cernit
Motto Translation: He comprehends profound things.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    9. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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    The Gourlay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gourlay 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 October 2015 at 00:46.

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