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The surname Gourley 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.

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


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

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

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Some of the Gourley 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gourley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Gourley, who landed in New York in 1799

Gourley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Gourley, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Jane Gourley, who landed in America in 1804
  • Jane Gourley who settled in New England in 1804 with her husband William
  • Alexander Gourley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Robert F Gourley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834
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Gourley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elizabeth Gourley, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Fermanagh, in 1901
  • Archibald Gourley, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Derry, in 1903
  • G. C. Gourley, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Hugh Gourley, aged 23, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Annie Gourley, aged 1, who landed in America from Blautyro, Scotland, in 1907
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Gourley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Gourley, who arrived in Canada in 1821
  • Jane Gourley, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

Gourley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • George Gourley, aged 22, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1915
  • Arthur Leslie Gourley, aged 39, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1919
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  • Henry I. Gourley (1838-1899), American politician, Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1890 to 1893
  • James Pasco "Jimmy" Gourley Jr. (1926-2008), American jazz guitarist in the 1950s
  • William B. Gourley (b. 1856), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1886; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1888, 1904
  • Wallace S. Gourley, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 46th District, 1943-46
  • Robert J. Gourley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • Myrtle Gourley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1964
  • Louis H. Gourley, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Veracruz, 1917; U.S. Consul in Port Elizabeth, 1926-27; Sao Paulo, 1929; Medan, 1932; Shanghai, 1938
  • Henry I. Gourley, American Republican politician, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1890-93
  • A. F. Gourley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 25th District, 1926, 1928
  • Paul Gourley, former National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee in the United States
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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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    2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. 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.
    8. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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    The Gourley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gourley 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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