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Where did the English Gandy family come from? When did the Gandy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gandy family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gandy, Gandey, Gameday, Candy, Candey, Ganty, Canty and many more.

First found in Suffolk 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 1327 when John Gameday held estates in the county. The name was originally Gandow.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gandy research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, 1619 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Gandy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gandy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gandy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Absolon Gandy, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • William Gandy, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • George Gandy, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • George Gandy, who settled in Maryland in 1676

Gandy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Edward Gandy, who came to Virginia in 1717
  • Edward Gandy, who arrived in Virginia in 1717

Gandy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Gandy, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1819

Gandy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Edward Gandy arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836
  • Maria Gandy arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836
  • William Gandy arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836
  • George Gandy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838
  • Mary Jane Gandy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838


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  • Roland Gandy Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1964
  • Pat Gandy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996
  • Harry Luther Gandy (1881-1957), American Democrat politician, Newspaper editor and publisher; Member of South Dakota State Senate 40th District, 1911-12; U.S. Representative from South Dakota 3rd District, 1915-21
  • Enos S. Gandy, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Cumberland County, 1853
  • Abel A. Gandy, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Darlington, South Carolina, 1894-98
  • Dr. Samuel E. Gandy, American expert of the sticky substance called amyloid that clogs the brains of Alzheimer's patients
  • Edythe Evelyn Gandy (1920-2007), American politician, Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
  • George Sheppard "Dad" Gandy (1851-1946), American business executive and developer, best known for constructing the original Gandy Bridge, Florida
  • Wayne Gandy (b. 1971), American NFL football offensive tackle
  • Helen W. Gandy (1897-1988), American secretary to Federal Bureau of Investigation director J. Edgar Hoover for fifty-four years

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