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

Gunnin is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from Gunwyn deriving its origin from the Old English gundwein, which meant "battle friend."

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gunnin have been found, including Gunning, Guning and others.

First found in Surrey where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gunnin research. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1684, 1670, 1675, 1675, 1684 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Gunnin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gunnin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gunnin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Gunnin, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Gunning, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; John Gunning settled in Philadelphia in 1836; and another John Gunning settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1799.

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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: Imperio regit unus aequo
Motto Translation: One governs with just sway.

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