Origin of the Name Gormley
The ancient history of the name Gormley
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 Gormley
include O'Gormley, Gormally, Gorman, Grehan and Grimes. Like many of the similar independent septs of north-west Ulster , the O'Gormleys declined in importance after the Plantation of Ulster . The historian O'Donovan says that the O'Gormalys of Lough Key, County Roscommon (O'Garmghaile) are quite distinct from the O'Gormleys of County Tyrone (O'Gairmleadhaigh). In seventeenth century records they are found both as O'Gormley and McGormely, located chiefly in Counties Armagh and Derry, but also in Roscommon and Westmeath. In modern times some families of Gormley in Counties Cavan and Longford have changed their name to Gorman, the others in County Tyrone, nearer to their homeland, have become Grimes.
The Gormley 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 Gormley descendants.