Gordon Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Gordon Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Gordon

The Gordon family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Gordon is usually originated with the clan who were of the Scottish lowlands. The Gordons are descended from Sir Adam Gordon, a peer of the famous William Wallace, and to whom Bruce granted the lands of Huntly. He fell at Halidon Hill in the year 1333. Alexander, third Earl of Huntly, fought at Flodden. George, sixth Earl, was created a Marquis in 1559. George, fourth Marquis, was made Duke of Gordon in 1684. The Dukedom lapsed in 1836 and the Marquisate went to the Earl of Aboyne. In Ireland the name Gordon is mostly found in Ulster Province having been introduced by settlers from Scotland but some members of the Gaelic Mag Mhuirneachain sept adopted Gordon as the anglicized form of their name, as well as the more usual MacGournahan and MacGourneson.
The Gordon 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 Gordon descendants.
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