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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gonson, Gunson, Gunston, Gonston and others.

First found in Cheshire 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 1184 when Bigod de Goneston held estates in that shire. Eustace Gunson later held in Cambridgeshire in 1279. Gunstone is a hamlet in Staffordshire and dates back to at least 1186 when it was listed as Gonestona.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gunston research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1278, 1455, 1487, 1762 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Gunston History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gunston Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Chad Gunston, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Antho Gunston, who arrived in Virginia in 1641
  • Ann Gunston, who landed in Maryland in 1677

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  • Bill Gunston OBE FRAeS (1927-2013), British aviation and military author
  • Jack Gunston (b. 1991), Australian rules footballer
  • John Wellesley Gunston (b. 1962), 3rd Baronet of Wickwar, Gloucestershire, British photographer
  • Richard Wellesley Gunston (1924-1991), 2nd Baronet of Wickwar, Gloucestershire
  • Derrick Wellesley Gunston (1891-1985), 1st Baronet of Wickwar, Gloucestershire, Member of Parliament for Thornbury (1924-1945)


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  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Gunston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gunston 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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