Early Origins of the Gurdon family
The surname Gurdon was first found in Gourdon, an arrondissement of France before the Norman Conquest
. One of the first records there was William de Gourdon who founded Gourdon Abbey in 1240. After the Conquest, "Aimeric de Gourdon, 13th century was a benefactor to the church, and had grants from King John in England
. In 1231 Henry III. granted to Ralph Mareschal part of the estate of Sir Adam de Gourdon. " CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
While we could find no villages named Gourdon in Britain, one may presume that Girton in Cambridgeshire
would be the likely related villages. Girton Cambridgeshire
dates back to c. 1060 when it was listed as Grittone and a few years later is listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Gretone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
similarly dates back to the Domesday Book
with the same spelling. Both literally mean "farmstead or village on gravelly ground," from the Old English words "greot" + "tun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Girton College of the University of Cambridge derives its name from the nearby village. One branch of the family held a family seat
at Assington in Suffolk
since early times. "Assington Hall was purchased by Robert Gurdon, in the reign of Henry VIII., from Sir Piers Corbet, and has ever since been the residence of that family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list: Bartholomew Gurdon in Norfolk; Thomas Gurdon in Oxfordshire; and Roger Gurdon in Cambridgeshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Gurdon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gurdon research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1544, 1623, 1571, 1649, 1621, 1622, 1595, 1679, 1640, 1660, 1606 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Gurdon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gurdon Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Gurdon are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gurdon include Gurdon, Girdon, Gurton, Girton, Gerdon, Girtin, Gretton, Gritten and many more.
Early Notables of the Gurdon family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Gurdon (c.
1544-1623), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1571; Brampton Gurdon (died 1649), an English country gentleman and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gurdon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gurdon family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Gurdon, or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Gurdon (post 1700)
- Sir John Bertrand Gurdon FRS (b. 1933), British developmental biologist and winner of the 1989 Wolf Prize in Medicine and a 2010 Lasker Award
- Madeleine Astrid Gurdon, Lady Lloyd-Webber, former equestrian sportswoman and third wife of Andrew Lloyd Webber