Origin of the Name Gascoigne
The ancient history of the name Gascoigne
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Gascoigne
include Gascoine, Gascoin, Gaskin, Gascoyen and Gascoyne. This is a locality surname describing a person who resided at Gascony. These names are found in many ancient manuscripts. Examples of such are a Geoffrey Gascoyne of County Norfolk and a Peter Gascoyne of County Devon who were both recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland the name Gascoigne and its variants are usually of immigrant origin having arrived into Ulster Province during the seventeenth century. The variant Gaskin has existed since the thirteenth century. Gaskinstown is located in County Meath.
The Gascoigne coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Gascoigne descendants.