Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Gascon Name
Gascon Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
The surname Gascon is a variant of the surname Gascoigne and is a French, Spanish, and English locational name denoting a person who came from the province of Gascony (or Gascogne), France, which was on the nation’s southern border with Spain. The name of this region derives from the Basques, who once extended into and lived nearby this territory, a group of people called Vascones by the Romans. By the Middle Ages, the Basques had been displaced from the area by people who spoke Gascon (a dialect of the Occitan language, related to Frenc), who were well known for their boastfulness. In the eleventh century AD, Gascony united with Aquataine and was thus ruled by England from 1554-1453 AD. One source asserts this family was an eminent aristocratic family who held lands and titles in the seigneurie of Garidech as well as in Languedoc. This same source claims the Gascon family was also first located in Hamburg, Germany. In his book, Patronymica Britannica, Mark Anthony Lower, writes the following on this surname: “The heads of the family were all Williams, the courageos Chief-Justice who sent Prince Henry to prison, being on”.
The name was brought into England during the Norman Invasion of 1066 and became spelled Gascoigne. It took root in West Riding, county Yorkshire. Samuel Lewis’ book A Topographical Dictionary of England, states “The parish comprises by computation 4,030 acres, and is chiefly the property of the daughters and co-heiresses of R.O. Gascoigne, Esq.”.
Common spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include Gascogne, Gascoigne, Gascoyne, Gascoine, Gascoing, Gascoin, Gascouin, Gaskoyne, Gasciogne, Gaskin, and several others, sometimes including the prefix la, meaning “of”. The Italian spelling is Guasconi.
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Gascon ranks 15,135th in popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following five states: Hawaii, Louisiana, California, Nevada, and Oregon. The spelling variant Gascoigne ranks 39,195th and the spelling variant Gascoyne ranks 77,038th.
The surname Gascon frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the following nations: Spain (548th), Philippines (702nd), and Cuba (1,753).
Early Bearers of the Surname
The earliest known bearer of this surname was Bernard Gascon who was documented in the Curia Regis Rolls of Northamptonshire in 1206 AD. The Hundred Rolls of 1273 AD, a census of Wales and England, known in Latin as Rotuli Hundredorum lists one bearer of this surname: Geoffrey Gascoyne in county Norfolk. A one Peter Gascoying was recorded in Devonshire, England in 1274 AD. William Gascoigne was a witness in the Fine Court Rolls of Huntingdonshire in 1389 AD. Thomas Gascoigne, D.D. of Oriel College, Oxford was chancellor of the university from 1434 to 1444. William de Gasconia was recorded in county Buckinghamshire during the reigns of Kings Henry III and Edward I who was documented in the Testa de Neville, sive Liber Feodorum. The Poll Tax of Yorkshire in 1379 AD lists one bearer of this last name: Johannes Gascoigne. An early baptism involving this name was Dorothye, daughter of George Gascoigne at St. James Clerkenwell in 1624. An early marriage involving this name was John Gascoyne to Sarah Johnson in London in 1696. Philip le Gascoyne was documented in the Excerpta e Rotulis Finium in Turri Londinensi. Jacob Gascoigne was documented in the Calendarium Inquisition Post Mortem.
Gascon Family Tree & Gascon Genealogy
Gascoigne of Parlington
Mary Isabella and Elizabeth Oliver-Gascoigne, of Parlington, in county York, and of Castle Oliver, county Limerick, succeeded the estates upon the demise of their father in 1843. The elder daughter, Mary Isabella married Frederic Charles Trench Esq. in 1840 who assumed the additional surname of Gascoigne as part of this marriage. He was a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for counties York and Limerick, and High Sheriff for the latter in 1863, and the former in 1864, as well Justice of the Peace for county Argyll. In 1851, his son and heir was born, named Frederick Richard Thomas, a Lieutenant of the Royal Horse Guards. The younger daughter, Elizabeth, married Frederick Mason, Lord Ashtown, in 1852. The Gascoigne family was one of great antiquity who acquired the estate of Gawthorp in early times, in marriage with the daughter and co-heir of John de Gawthorp. The senior line derives from Sir William Gascoigne, the Chief Justice during the reign of King Henry VI of England, terminated in heiress, Margaret, wife of Thomas Wentworth, Esquire of Wentworth, who was the grandfather of Thomas, 1st Earl of Strattford. The next branch of the family tree were the Gascoignes of Thorpe on the Hill, who sprung from the 2nd son of the Gawthorp family. The co-heiresses were Margery, wife of Henry Proctor, Esq. of New Hall, near Otlet; and Eleanor, wife of Arthur Ingram, Groom of the Privy Chamber to King Charles II. The Gascoignes of Parlington derived their descent from Nicholas Gascoigne, of Lasingcroft, younger brother of the Chief Justice, and were raised to the Baronetcy of Scotland by Charles I, in the the person of Sir John Gascoigne of Parlington. The last Baronet, Sir Thomas Gascoigne, married Mary, daughter of James Shuttleworth, Esq. of Forcet, and widow of Sir Charles Turner, Baronet of Kirkleatham, county York, by whom he had an only child Thomas who died in 18-09. Sir Thomas died in 1810, and had no issue, hence his estates went to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver (his step-daughter_, for their lives, with the remainder to their sons, and then to their daughters. Under the settlement, Mr. Oliver, who was the eldest son of the Right Honorable Silver Oliver, of Castle Oliver, county Limerrick, assumed the name and arms of Gascoigne, becoming Richard Oliver-Gascoigne, Esquire of Parlington, as well as of Castle Oliver. He married Miss Turner, daughter of Sir Charles Turnet of Kikleatham, and had four children with her: Thomas Oliver, Richard Silver, Mary Isabela Oliver, and Elizabeth Oliver. He was the High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1831. The Gascoigne Coat of Arms (mistakenly called the Gascoigne Family Crest) is blazoned in heraldry as follows: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, argent, on a pale sable a demi-lucy erect couped or, a canton gules, for Gascoigne; 2nd and 3rd, argent, a chevron sable between two pellets in chief and a fish in base gules, for Oliver. Crest: Out of a ducal coronet or, a demi-lucy erect gold, charged with a pellet. The family was seated at Parlington Park, Aberford and at Craiguish Castle, Lochgilphead.
Other Gascon, Gacoigne, and Gascoyne Family Tree and Pedigree
Lord Adam was born in around 1000 AD. He had a son named Thorote Gascon who was born around 1018 AD. He married a woman with the last name Mahaut and had a daughter with her named Lucie Gascon or Wascon who was born in Warmenhuysen, Holland around 1036 AD. She married Hugues Sohier and had a son with her named Walter.
Robert Gaskins was born in Northampton County, Virginia around 1650. He married Elizabeth Luke and had a son with her named Robert. This Robert Gascoyne Jr. was born in Virginia around 1673 AD. He married Anne Fisher and had a son with her named Harmon Gascoygne or Gaskin(s) who was born in Virginia around 1696. He married Rachel Benthall and had two issue with her: Fisher and Thomas.
Guilame Gascoigne was born in Normandy, France around 1060 AD. He had a son named William Gascoyne or Gascoigne I who was born in Lasingcroft, Yorkshire, in around 1089 AD. He in turn had a son named William II, who was born in the same town around 1120. From him descend:
William (Gascoigne) Gascoyne III (Lasingcroft 1151)
William (Gascoigne) Gascoyne IV (Lasingcroft, 1190)
William (Gascoigne) Gascoyne V (Harewood, 1230)
William (Gascoigne) de Gascoigne VI (Harewood 1260)
Sir William (Gascoigne) de Gascoigne VII (Kirkby Warfe, 1300)
William (Gascoigne) de Gascoigne VIII (Harewood, 1350)
William Gascoigne IX (of Gawthrope, MP, Harewood, 1388)
William Gascoigne X (Gawthorpe, 1398)
William Gascoigne XI (Gawthorpe, 1429)
Sir William Gascoigne XII, the Younger (Gawthorpe, 1445)
William Gascoigne XIII (Fryston, 1467)
William Gascoigne XIV (Canterbury, 1504)
William Gascoigne XV (Gawthorpe, 1515)
Margaret Gascoigne, born 1532, married Thomas Wentworth, had issue: Catherine, William, and Margaret.
Early American and New World Settlers
Savill Gascoyne, age 29, came to Virginia aboard the Merchant’s Hope in July 1635.
Peter Gascoign was buried in the parish of St. Michael’s Barbados in July 1679.
Stephen Gascoyne, Esquire, and his wife, had 8 servants in the town of St. Michael Barbados in 1680.
The book Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers, mentions one bearers of this last name: Edward Gascoyne, of Salem, who was a shipwright, had a land grant in 1637, married Sarah and had issue with her named Samuel (1639), Daniel (1640), Sarah (1643), Hannah (1646), and Edward (1648). Early settlers in colonial America bearing this surname include James Gascoigne (Georgia 1735) and Thomas Gascoyne (Maryland 1774). In Canada, Pierre Gascon settled in Quebec in 1699. In New Zealand, a one H.M. Gascoyne came in 1859 aboard the Golconda, arriving in Nelson.
Early Americans Bearing the Gascon Family Crest
I researched the following three resources and did not find any coats of arms for Gascon, Gascoigne, Gascoyne or any of the other spelling variants: Bolton’s American Armory, Matthew’s American Armoury and Bluebook, and Crozier’s General Armory.
The Gascoigne family motto is Tam Mari quam Mercurio, meaning “As much devoted to Mars as Mercury”. The Gascoyne family motto is Raison pour guide, meaning “Reason for guide”.
We have 20 coats of arms for the Gascon/Gascoigne surname and its spelling variants depicted here. These 20 blazons are from four different heraldic sources.
A) The British genealogist Bernard Burke’s book The General Armory of England, Ireland, and Scotland, which was published in 1848.
B) The English genealogist William Berry’s book Encyclopaedia Heraldica, published in 1828
C) The Dutch genealogist/heraldist John Baptista Rietstap’s book Armorial Général, published in 1884.
D) G. B. Di Crollalanza’s book Dizionario Storico, blasonico delle famiglie nobilie notabili Italiane, published in 1886.
E) The website: LeoneMarinato.it
The bottom of this page contains the blazons, and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it. Some information is in both French and English.
There are hundreds of notable people with the Gascon/Gascoigne/Gascoyne surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include:
1) Sir Alvary Douglas Frederick Trench-Gascoigne (1893-1970) was a British diplomatic who served as a Second Lieutenant in the cavalry dragoons in World War I.
2) Sir Bernard Gascoigne (1614-1687) who was an Italian diplomat and adventurer who was a royalist office during the English Civil War. In Italian, his name was Bernardo Guasconi.
3) Biana Gascoigne (1986) is an British model and TV actress born in Hertfordshire, England.
4) George Gascoigne (1535-1577) who was an English poet and soldier
5) Sidney Charles Bartholomew Gascoigne (1915-2010) was an New Zealand born Australian optical astronomer specializing in photometry who helped design the Anglo-Australian Telescope.
6) Paul John Gascoigne (1967) is a former England international football (soccer) player and manager, known by his nickname Gazza, who has earned 57 caps during his career, born in Dunston, Gateshead
7) David Gascoyne (1916-2001) who was an English poet of the Surrealist movement born in Harrow, London.
8) Thomas Jepspn Gascoyne (1876-1917) who was an English professional cycling champion from Whitting, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
9) Michael Gascoyne (1963) who is a British Formula One designer and engineer born in Norwich who worked for numerous Grand Prix teams (ex. Sauber, Tyrrell, and McLaren).
10) Major General Sir Julian Alvery Gascoigne (1903-1989) who served in World War II and became the Governor of Bermuda from 1959-1964.