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Where did the English Gandar family come from? What is the English Gandar family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gandar family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gandar family history?

The name Gandar is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a choirmaster. Checking further we found the name was derived from the word cantor, the Latin word for precentor. The name could have also come from the Old English word gaunter which was the trade name of a glover, or one who makes gloves.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Gandar are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gandar include Caunter, Canter, Ganter, Gaunter, Cantor, Cantour, Cauntor and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gandar research. Another 383 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1273, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Gandar History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gandar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gandar or a variant listed above: Lester Ganter who arrived in New England in 1635.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quam non terret hyems
Motto Translation: Which winger does not nip with cold.

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The Gandar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gandar Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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