Gulliver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Gulliver family have grown. The name Gulliver was given to a member of the family who was a greedy person. It derives from the Old French word goulafre, which means glutton.

Early Origins of the Gulliver family

The surname Gulliver was first found in Suffolk, where they held lands after the Norman Conquest. Roger Gulafre, Lord of Mesnil Bernard, held property in St. Evroult, Normandy in 1061.

Early History of the Gulliver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gulliver research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1130 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Gulliver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gulliver Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Gulliver has been recorded under many different variations, including Gulliver, Gullever, Gullifer, Gulliford, Galliford, Galliver, Gilliver and many more.

Early Notables of the Gulliver family (pre 1700)

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United States Gulliver migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Gullivers were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Gulliver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Gulliver, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1666
  • Anthony Gulliver, who landed in Massachusetts in 1666 [1]
Gulliver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Gulliver, aged 23, who arrived in America in 1822 [1]
  • George Gulliver, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [1]
  • George Gulliver, who sailed to San Francisco in 1855

Canada Gulliver migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gulliver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John, Nathan and Steven Gulliver,, who sailed to Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Gulliver, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Nathan Gulliver, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Steven Gulliver, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Gulliver migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gulliver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Gulliver, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [2]

New Zealand Gulliver migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gulliver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Gulliver, (b. 1822), aged 35, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [3]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Gulliver, (b. 1825), aged 32, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [3]
  • Miss Sarah Gulliver, (b. 1833), aged 24, British school mistress travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [3]
  • Mr. James Gulliver, (b. 1848), aged 9, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [3]
  • Mr. Frederick Gulliver, (b. 1851), aged 6, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gulliver (post 1700) +

  • Julia Gulliver (1856-1940), American philosopher, educator and college president
  • Glenn Gulliver (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Ashbel Green Gulliver (1897-1974), American Dean of Yale Law School from 1940 to 1946
  • Robert H. Gulliver Sr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Berrien County 2nd District, 1960 [4]
  • George Gulliver (1804-1882), English anatomist and physiologist [5]
  • Richard Gulliver (b. 1942), English former cricketer
  • Phil Gulliver (b. 1982), English footballer
  • Isaac Gulliver (1745-1822), English smuggler from Dorset
  • Ben Gulliver (b. 1981), English former rugby union player
  • Stuart Gulliver (b. 1959), British banking business executive
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Edward G V Gulliver (b. 1916), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [6]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GANGES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Ganges.gif
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  6. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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