The surname of GASTON has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The name was baptismal 'the son of Gaskin' probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention William de Gasconia, 1273, County Buckinghamshire. William Gaston married Sarah Gibbs at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1757. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. Gaston Foix (1489-1512) was the French nobleman and soldier, nephew of Louis XII of France. He became Duke of Nemours in 1505. In the Italian wars he displayed such genius and bravery as the earn the title of 'Thunderbolt of Italy'. He twice overthrew the Swiss, at Como and Milan (1511); chased the papal troops from Bolongna; seized Brescia from the Venetians (1512) and defeated the Spaniards at Ravenna, where, however, he was killed. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
Arms - Chequy argent and gules three escallops in bend or
Crest- An owl sable
Motto- GLADIO ET VIRTUTE
With sword and valour
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