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Re: GORGAS-Greek and or German?
Posted by: Emiliano Gorgas Date: January 18, 2001 at 17:44:58
In Reply to: GORGAS-Greek and or German? by JBrown of 261

Gorgas (Gorgias) Name.

I am happy to hear that there is someone interested in the Gorgas famly history. It depends how far you want to go back in history. If you go back to 485-387 BC - it is Greek (Actually Italian). I learned this fact when I was residing in Germany during 1955-1959. It was hard for the german-born Gorgases that I spoke Spanish... and that I was a descendant from a Spaniard. It was an absolute interesting/wonderful experience.

Although most of the gorgas families today reside in Germany (at last count in 1999, there were 289 households with the name Gorgas name living in Germanmy), the the Gorgas name is originaly from Sicily, Italy, and descendant from the Greek Sophist Gorgias, dating back to 485 BC. Most of the gorgas families now residing in Germany are descendants from Spaniards who migrated in early 1600 to Holland, Austria and Germany.

Phillipe Gorgas b. 1661 in Holland, died in 1703 in Germantown, PA, married Hannah Craford, in 1680 and same year they migrated to America. They settled in Germantown, PA. Phillipe Gorgas was the son of Frank Gorgas,(1639-1697) Born in Sites, Barcelona, Spain.

Jan Gorgas (B.1686 in the Netherlands- D.1741, was the son of Frank and Hannah.

The pedigree chart for Frank Gorgas and the Gorgas family ancestry can be accessed through the University of Barcelona Genealogy Society. Also through marriage, birth, and death records in Holland.

Interesting indeed!

Emiliano Gorgas
El Paso, Texas


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