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Gazeley Coat of Arms / Gazeley Family Crest

Gazeley Coat of Arms / Gazeley Family Crest

This ancient English surname of GAZELEY was an English habitation name from a place in Suffolk, so called from the Old English personal name GOEGI + LEAH, literally meaning the dweller in the wood clearing. The first element GEOGI is also a variant of the name GAYTON. The earliest of the place-name on record appears to be GAYSLE which was recorded in Suffolk in the year 1219, and GAISLE was documented in the year 1254. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries.

Later records of the name include Hamo de GATTUNE, who was documented in 1273, County Kent, and Robert de GATTON appears in Sussex in 1279. Alicia de GATTON of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. Later instances of the name mention Thomas Gill and Elizabeth GATTON, who were married in London in 1591 (no church given), and Francis GATTON and Susanna Smith were wed at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1669.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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