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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gunby, Gunbie, Goneby, Gonby, Gumby, Gumbie and others.

First found in Yorskhire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Gunby held by Gilbert de Tison from the Count of Mortain who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gundy research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 126 and 1268 are included under the topic Early Gundy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gundy Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Gundy, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • William Gundy, who arrived in Maryland in 1669

Gundy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mrs. Matheus Gundy, who landed in New York, NY in 1710

Gundy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Gundy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844

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  • Joseph Cale Gundy (b. 1972), American football quarterback
  • Michael Ray Gundy (b. 1967), Head football coach at Oklahoma State University
  • James Henry Gundy (1880-1951), Canadian businessman who co-founded Wood Gundy


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Gundy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gundy 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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