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Meaning and Origin of: Gorham

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Fertilized pasture

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English (Kent) : apparently a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, possibly so named from Old English gāra ‘triangular piece of land’ + hām ‘homestead’.
  • Born in England, John Gorham emigrated to MA and in 1643 married Desire Howland, daughter of John Howland, who came to America on the Mayflower. His descendant Nathaniel (1738–96) was born in Charlestown, MA, and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.