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

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Gaudie include Gawdy, Gawdey, Gaudy, Gawdie, Gaudie, Gaudey, Gordy and many more.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1221 when Reginald Gaudi held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaudie research. Another 339 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1430, 1578, 1597, 1603, 1st , 1613, 1639, 1629, 1455, 1487, 1627, 1589, 1654, 1640, 1648, 1st , 1612, 1669, 1661 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Gaudie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaudie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gaudie or a variant listed above: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

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The Gaudie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaudie 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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