Show ContentsGum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Gum family. Gum is a local name. Gum is a name for someone who lived in Bavaria, where their name rose to prominence through their involvement in the social and cultural affairs of the area.

Early Origins of the Gum family

The surname Gum was first found in Bavaria, where in ancient times the name Gummer came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the region's feudal society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the household acquired distant estates which in turn elevated their social status.

Early History of the Gum family

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Gum Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Gum include Gummer, Gumer, Gumme, Gumm, Gum, Guma, Gumma, Gummers, Gumers, Gumen, Guemel, Gummere, Gummen, Gummel, Gummle, Gumere, Gumen, Gumel, Gumle, Gummaer, Gumaer, Guemmer, Gommer, Guemer, Gomer, Guemmere, Guemmen, Guemmel, Gommere, Gommen, Gomere, Gomen, Guemel and many more.

Early Notables of the Gum family (pre 1700)

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Gum Ranking

In the United States, the name Gum is the 11,380th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Gum migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Gums to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Gum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Humphry Gum, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [2]
  • Jon Gum Jr., who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [2]
Gum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Gum, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
Gum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Gum, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [2]

Australia Gum migration to Australia +

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

Gum Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Gum, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gum (post 1700) +

  • Allen Gum (b. 1969), American head coach of the Central Arkansas Bears baseball team
  • William Mac Gum, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Washington County, 1947-53 [4]
  • W. H. Gum, American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Greenbrier County, 1935-36 [4]

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILIES 1849. Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook