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It may help Wormleys or other people who are distantly related to us to fill in gaps in their own family trees, as the further back you go in time, the more likely it becomes that we share the same ancestors.
(Pictured above: Some members and relatives of the Wormley family living in England in 2013). Our first ancestor to set foot on English soil was Gilbert Crispin II, a heroic commander in the army of William the Conquerer at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
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may have been Adam’s younger brother, second son or cousin.
However, this list is a hypothesis and cannot be proved as certain historical fact.
Therefore, we can only start the Wormley pedigree with full confidence with Gilbert Crispin I, who was very likely a grandson or great grandson of Duke Richard I.
In other words they were all one continuous family, but changed their ‘surname’ twice – from Crispin to Newmarch in around 1130AD, for reasons of marriage and inheritance, and again later from Newmarch to Wormley in the 13 century.
There was nothing strange about this fluidity in that period, when surnames were being invented and first coming into use.
Whether he was or not, there is strong documentary and advanced DNA evidence that he was our earliest provable ancestor: (c.1000AD – 1045).