Whether he was or not, there is strong documentary and advanced DNA evidence that he was our earliest provable ancestor: (c.1000AD – c.1045).
Gilbert, supposedly nicknamed Crispin because he had spikey, brush-like hair, was an important member of the nobility of Normandy.
The Domesday Book records that Robert held Whatton in the Vale, near Nottingham, of Gilbert de Gand in 1086.
Robert had a brother living in England called Geoffrey.
Latin charters, 950 years old, show that, at the least, our earliest meticulously-proven ancestors knew William the Conquerer and his father Duke Robert of Normandy very well. However, the first Gilbert Crispin’s parents have not been identified.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.One seriously-academic hypothesis is that he might have been an illegitimate son or cousin of Gilbert Count of Brionne, who was a grandson of Duke Richard I known as “The Fearless”.We discuss the possibilities in depth in our chapter entitled “The Origins of the Crispin Family”.Our ancestors lived for about 150 years at Womersley, a village between Doncaster and Pontefract, from which the Wormley surname evolved.They are recorded at Hatfield Manor, near Doncaster, from around the beginning of the 14Quite probably – and we do have serious, sensible academic evidence for making this suggestion – the Wormleys may well be direct descendants, down a single, male line, of Rollo the Viking, the founder of Normandy at the beginning of the 10 Gilbert was killed while personally defending the young Duke William (later to become William the Conquerer) in 1040.Please also understand, though, that we cannot do any research for you or give guidance on how to trace your family tree.There are a number of professional websites that cover this, such as hope you find our history fascinating, and useful too if you are doing your own studies.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.